Yes, more news about American Idol! Amidst swirling rumours of who will be on the judging panel for the next season of the show, Paula Abdul’s name has come up. Unfortunately for her she can’t be a judge, reports E! Online.
A source said that Abdul is locked into the upcoming American version of the U.K’s Got to Dance and is contractually prohibited from appearing on any other competition show for quite some time. I guess that’s what you get for signing a seven-figure contract with a huge network (not that she should be complaining).
“If Paula did Idol she would get sued big-time by Viacom,” the source says, continuing that Abdul’s contract with the CBS-produced Got to Dance is for “about five years.”
Producer Nigel Lythgoe is returning to Idol and despite him possibly wanting to bring back an original judge he says, “I love Paula,” but continues, “Paula is under contract to another company so she is unavailable.”
Bad news for anyone hoping to see the crazy outspoken Paula Abdul back on the show!