American Idol: They Can Feel That Space Where Paula Used To Be

The American Idol callbacks are underway, but from where I am, it seems the scenes look like that in cheesy romantic movies when one thinks about the other as they try to do what they have to do. In this case, it's Paula Abdul leaving the show, and everybody else feeling the pain. Sure, this is an old item, but we have to write this down and paint that picture, right?

First up, Simon Cowell: "I'm going to miss her. She's my buddy."

Evidently, if you've seen what these two were up to during the past eight years. He added that he's been talking to her every day since she announced her departure from the show's ninth season over Twitter, but he's confident she's getting through it. "Paula has been very cool about the whole thing," he said. "And let me tell you, Paula is going to be fine."

Next up, Randy Jackson: "We all love her. I think I may cry today. It's weird."

Next up, newcomer Kara DioGuardi: "It's such a loss for the show, such a loss for the contestants. She's definitely the heart of the panel."

Talking on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, she hoped Paula would reconsider her decision, and clarified that she wasn't there to replace her. "It would be impossible to replace Paula," she said. "She's an incredible talent. If anything, she was really somebody who helped me."

Well, Kara, they are trying to find a replacement for Paula, but it seems it hasn't exactly gone well: first guest judge Victoria Beckham was said to have been "icy and wooden" and was "trying too hard to be nice", as sources told Zap2it. Translation: she wants to be Simon but she can't. So much for being excited.

They're not giving up on the search, though: we know Katy Perry's lined up as a guest judge, and sources told Access Hollywood that Queen Latifah has been approached for a guest stint, too. Apparently in consideration to be a permanent replacement: Cyndi Lauper and Belinda Carlisle, among others. So I shall sing: the space between...



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