PAULA ABDUL’S NEW GIG – “DROP DEAD DIVA”

Paula Abdul returns to work on the Lifetime series, "Drop Dead Diva."  Photo credit:  Bob Mahoney, courtesy of Lifetime Television

Paula Abdul returns to work on the Lifetime series, "Drop Dead Diva." Photo credit: Bob Mahoney, courtesy of Lifetime Television

It didn’t take long for Paula Abdul to get back in the game.  The former American Idol judge is filming an episode of Drop Dead Diva in Peachtree, GA for Lifetime Television.

This is actually Abdul‘s second appearance on the series.  The first episode entitled The Dress, will air September 13th.  Today’s shoot, Grayson’s Anatomy airs October 11th on the net.

The singer/dancer is appearing as Jane‘s subconscious in a dream sequence.

Abdul announced Tuesday that she would not be returning to American Idol – after eight seasons – when contract negotiations failed to satisfy both Fox and Abdul.

RYAN SEACREST – PAULA LEAVING, “I’M BUMMED”

"American Idol" host, Ryan Seacrest, is "bummed" about Paula Abdul's exit.  Photo credit:  Sam Jones, courtesy of Fox

"American Idol" host, Ryan Seacrest, is "bummed" about Paula Abdul's exit. Photo credit: Sam Jones, courtesy of Fox

Ryan Seacrest weighed in on Paula Abdul leaving American Idol on his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest this morning.  The Idol host says this is no publicity stunt and that Paula is in fact calling it quits.

Seacrest would “love” for all parties involved in the show, including Paula, to changed their minds, but as of right now, no joke, she’s outta there.

Click onto media bar for Ryan Seacreat‘s heartfelt comments about Paula Abdul.

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EXCLUSIVE! NIGEL LYTHGOE – PAULA ABDUL IS “THE HEART OF ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ ”

Paula Abdul will "not return to 'Idol.' "  Photo courtesy of Fox

Paula Abdul will "not return to 'Idol.' " Photo courtesy of Fox

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO!

Former American Idol Producer, Nigel Lythgoe had plenty to say about Paula Abdul leaving the reality show.  Abdul Tweeted right around 7:00 p.m. PT Tuesday night that “with sadness in my heart I’ve decided not to return to Idol.”

Lythgoe believes that it’s a big blow for Idol contestants who need Abdul to offer a kind word when the other judges lower the boom.  But, he also points out that it is the contestants who are the soul of the show and keep viewers coming back for more.

Click onto video for Nigel Lythgoe‘s full comments on Paula Abdul‘s exit from American Idol.

PAULA ABDUL NOT RETURNING TO AMERICAN IDOL

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After weeks of negotiations with the producers of “American Idol,” Paula Abdul said Tuesday evening that she was leaving the top-rated singing competition.

“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #IDOL,” Ms. Adbul wrote on Twitter.

“I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent,” she wrote, “but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon.”

Fox had no immediate comment.

Her apparent decision came one day after Fox said Kara DioGuardi would return as a judge next season. The show is preparing for the first appearance, later this month, of potential contestants for the show’s ninth season before the judging panel.

Ms. Abdul’s contract expired at the end of last season, and she had been negotiating for a substantial raise from the estimated $2 million that she earned last year.

Ms. Abdul had said that she wanted to return to the show, and Fox Broadcasting and the show’s producers had said they want her back. Last week on Twitter she had written, “I hope you can understand I can only return to Idol if the deal is fair.”

JORDIN SPARKS ON TOUR – “CRAZY, IT’S GONE BY SO FAST”

Season Six "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks on tour with the Jonas Brothers

Season Six "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks on tour with the Jonas Brothers

Jordin Sparks has been on tour with the Jonas Brothers since June, so it’s not surprising she’s seen the romance bloom between Kevin Jonas and his fiancee, Danielle Deleasa.  She gave Ryan Seacrest an earful on his radio show, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, after the host admitted the engagement seemed premature to him.

The season six American Idol winner also confessed to Seacrest that her biggest challenge is learning to budget her time with such an ridiculously-full dance card and how she’s coping with fame.

Click onto link for Ryan Seacrest‘s full interview with Idol‘s youngest winner, Jordin Sparks.

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DONE DEAL KARA DIOGUARDI BACK WITH AMERICAN IDOL

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Three down, one to go. Songwriter Kara DioGuardi will be returning to the “American Idol” judges’ panel next season, the show announced on Monday (August 3).

The controversial fourth judge had a bit of a rough ride during her first season, clashing with den mother Simon Cowell and taking a bit of blame for programs running over in the wind-up to the finale. But according to press release issued Monday morning, the Grammy-nominated Adam Lambert superfan is onboard for season nine of the top-rated reality competition, which kicks off in January.

“We are so happy to welcome back Kara for her second season with ‘Idol,’ ” said Simon Fuller, the show’s creator and executive producer in the statement. “She is a breath of fresh air, and her passion for music and her understanding of talent is invaluable. This show is all about discovering new talent, and Kara’s championing of Adam Lambert is proof positive of her great instinct.”

With DioGaurdi re-joining judges Cowell and Randy Jackson on the panel and host Ryan Seacrest back again thanks to a mega-contract worth a reported $45 million, the remaining piece of the puzzle is frequently loopy judge Paula Abdul. A spokesperson for the show would not comment on the ongoing negotiations with Abdul, though her new manager recently said that he thought she might not return to the show.

Abdul has been mum about the talks, but tweeted on Thursday that, “I’ve been quiet as we are trying to work out details of how I can return to ‘Idol.’ ” Perhaps setting fans up for a possible departure, she added, “Whatever happens with ‘Idol,’ I love you guys. … I will give you updates on how things are going, to the extent I can.”