Word has it that Paula Abdul will be returning to American Idol as a guest for the finale episode later this week. I doubt that she’ll be kicking Ellen out of her old chair, or pulling [[Kara DioGuardi]]’s hair.
The reason for her appearance is most likely to be a big send-off for [[Simon Cowell]], who departs the show after nine seasons of cutting aspiring American singers down to size with his razor sharp tongue. Apparently Fox have already warned that the show is going to overrun its regular slot – not only is it the finale results show, but it’s also the last ever episode to feature Simon before he dashes off to start up X Factor.
This leaves [[Randy Jackson]] as the only original [[American Idol (TV Series)|American Idol]] judge still standing, which is slightly depressing. I’d say long-term fans of the show are likely to enjoy seeing Paula return. It’s not clear whether she’ll be performing or sitting on the judging panel or taking on some other role. We’ll find out soon enough, won’t we?
Paula’s also been confirmed as a judge on new talent show Got To Dance. A similar show aired in the UK this year on Sky One looking for talented dance acts among soloists and groups.
Are you looking forward to the return of Paula (even if it’s only just for one show)?