Of course, most people remember Abdul from her eight seasons as a judge on
Abdul's "SYTYCD" appearance will reunite her with Nigel Lythgoe, who served as executive producer on "Idol" during Abdul's tenure on the show. Lythgoe has been a judge on the dance show since it premiered in 2005.
After leaving "Idol" in 2009, Abdul has been making the rounds as a judge, serving for a season on
Producers are no doubt hoping that Abdul's appearance will recapture some of that old "Idol" magic. Like "Idol," "SYTYCD" has seen a ratings slide, with the current season drawing an audience well below the audience the show had last summer.
In an effort to draw more eyes, producers have had a series of guest judges this season, including Minnie Driver,