Has Paula Abdul's job search led her to Star Search?
The former American Idol judge is in final negotiations to host and judge ABC's revamped version of the singing competition series, Entertainment Weekly reports.
ABC had no comment, but the Star Search reboot could premiere as early as this summer, according to EW.
Paula Abdul: Straight up, what's next?
ABC has been courting Abdul, 47, since she departed Idol
in August, with the network's entertainment president, Stephen McPherson, stating that he'd like to work with Abdul, either via a spot on Dancing with the Stars
or otherwise. Abdul's former Idol
cohort, Simon Cowell
, has also voiced his interest in recruiting Abdul as a judge for his upcoming Fox talent series X-Factor
Simon Cowell recruiting Paula Abdul for X-Factor
The original, syndicated Star Search
, hosted by Ed McMahon
, aired from 1983 until 1995 and featured performances from such future stars as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Arsenio Hall hosted a reboot in 2003 for CBS that lasted for two seasons.
What do you think? Is this a good gig for Paula?