Nigel Lythgoe and Paula Abdul
Sixty-one percent of TVGuide.com voters want Paula Abdul back on American Idol, and so, it turns out, does returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.
Poll voters: Why not just bring Paula back to Idol?
Of course, getting Abdul to return to the show would be easier said than done: Abdul is attached to host, judge and executive-produce Got to Dance
, a dancing competition show for CBS
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"I still love Paula," Lythgoe told Variety
. "She's signed to CBS, probably exclusively, but I'd recommend we have her in a heartbeat."
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Calls and e-mails to Abdul's rep were not immediately returned. Lythgoe, who's returning to Idol
after a two-year absence, will have final say on the new judging panel for Season 10. He had kind words for Jennifer Lopez
and Steven Tyler
, both of whom have been widely reported as possible judges.
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"They can knock [Lopez's] film career, but [audiences] know she's a good actress," Lythgoe said. "And as J. Lo, she had some great pop records. If she joins, I'm happy."As for the Aerosmith
frontman, Lythgoe said: "Why wouldn't you want a legend there? You never know what he's going to say. That, as a TV producer, you're interested in."Do you think Paula will return to Idol