Paula Abdul would be welcome back on American Idol according to Nigel Lythgoe, the show’s producer. According to MTV, Lythgoe, who also produces and judges on “So You Think You Can Dance”, stated Paula is committed to a new dancing show on CBS. He also stated that he is going to return as one of the shows judges.
Our guess is Idol fans would love to have her back on the show, but with the changed dynamic and massive shake up, it’s hard to capture that chemistry that once existed with the original 3 judges.
The MTV article stated:
We still don’t have an update on the judging panel that will greet contestants for the upcoming 10th season of “American Idol.” But now that former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has confirmed that he’s returning to the show, the witty Brit and “So You Think You Can Dance” judge has hinted about some of the changes he wants to make.
One of his first ideas is to bring back one of the show’s most beloved judges: Paula Abdul. Lythgoe told Daily Variety that despite her commitment to headline a new dancing show on CBS, he’d love to get Abdul back in the “Idol” fold. “I still love Paula,” he said. “She’s signed to CBS, probably exclusively, but I’d recommend we have her in a heartbeat.”
Lythgoe would not discuss the rumored imminent deals to bring in Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler as replacements for Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell, but Variety reported that he gave a “thumbs up” to both. “They can knock her film career, but (audiences) know she’s a good actress,” he said of Lopez, who has struggled at the box office of late with a string of duds. “And as J-Lo, she has had some great pop records. If she joins, I’m happy.”