Paula Abdul to Head to 'Dancing with the Stars'?


Following news of her departure from American Idol, the offers seem to be pouring in for Paula Abdul, with ABC entertainment chief Steve McPherson revealing he had already called her about a possible role on ABC, specifically to judge or star on one of its most popular shows, Dancing with the Stars.


"I would love to have her," McPherson said. "I was a little stunned by the [American Idol] decision. We would love to have her on Dancing with the Stars either as a participant or a contestant."


The former Lakers cheerleader was a judge on Idol for eight seasons, and recently announced she was leaving the Fox show after contract negotiations broke down.


"I definitely have reached out to her," McPherson said, adding that she was a personal friend of Abdul's. "I gave her a call first and foremost to say I was sorry about the situation and to say we'd love to see her on ABC."


Former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh" Beckham reportedly filled in for Abdul when Idol auditions began last week. Singer Katy Perry is also being recruited to act as guest judge while Fox looked for a permanent judge.


Other than Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said she was also in talks with Abdul to have her on the show. "I don't know anyone who has had her experience as a performer, a dancer, a choreographer and a judge. I've been trying to get her since season one!" he said.


Abdul, 47, started off as a choreographer, having been discovered by The Jackson 5 during a Laker game to choreograph the video to their single "Torture." She had since been a famed choreographer for Janet Jackson.


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