The auditions for new American Idol judges begin in just two weeks and while Kara DioGuardi’s presence in season 9 is now a sealed deal, Paula Abdul is still left hanging as to whether or not she’ll be back next year. Several weeks ago, Paula Abdul’s manager David Sonenberg leaked to the LA Times that Paula has yet to receive a proposal for a new contract. Though fans are supportive and continue to hope for Paula’s return (me included!) she’s still not a very happy camper about the stalled contract negotiations.
I have a feeling that she will return to Idol – look at all the long-standing TV shows that retained the same cast for years. American Idol won’t be the same without Paula Abdul soothing the contestants after Simon Cowell’s tart tongue. If she does return, she’ll probably be making less money from it than she used to. Even Kara DioGuardi’s new deal doesn’t come close to what the judges are going to be getting (though I think it’s not fair that everyone is getting a raise while she isn’t). In any case, we’ll keep you posted about what happens! You can also follow Paula Abdul on Twitter for real time updates on her latest projects.