Will Paula Abdul compete on ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’?


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On Tuesday, Paula Abdul was merely going to guest star on ‘Ugly Betty.’ Today, word is she might also find herself competing on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’

Yes, ABC has it bad for Abdul.

According to TMZ, she met with ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson yesterday to discuss her possible involvement as a contestant on the show. McPherson said last week during TCA press tour that he thinks Abdul is ‘a huge talent’ and would ‘love to have’ the former ‘American Idol’ judge on ‘Dancing’ in any capacity -- as a judge or a participant. (But since ‘Dancing’ doesn’t typically employ guest judges...)


If they can make a deal, we’ll find out soon enough: Contestants for the new season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ will be announced Monday on ‘Good Morning America.’

McPherson is not the only one who wants Abdul back in her dancing shoes: Nigel Lythgoe, a former ‘Idol’ producer and now an executive producer of ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ told The Times last week that he planned to talk with Abdul about opportunities for her on ‘SYTYCD.’

‘With Paula’s background as a dancer, choreographer and reality judge now, I don’t know anyone more qualified than Paula Abdul,’ he said.

Abdul has already shot a guest-starring role on Lifetime’s ‘Drop Dead Diva’ this summer, though that deal was signed before her decision to leave ‘Idol.’

And there are also reports that Abdul could still return to ‘American Idol’ should Fox decide to back up the money truck.

-- Denise Martin