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American Idol: Paula Abdul To Host Star Search

March 16, 2010 09:00 AM by Nancy Floyd

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Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul confirmed that she’s returning to TV, but it might not be in the way that you think. Rumors have been circulating for months that Abdul may join fellow American Idol judge Simon Cowell‘s new reality competition, The X Factor, but new reports say that Abdul will be hosting and judging a show of her own: ABC’s reboot of Star Search. Keep reading for all the details on Paula Abdul‘s new TV gig…

Everyone has been speculating on what’s up next for former American Idol judge Paula Abdul, who left the FOX singing competition after nine seasons. Abdul herself hinted about a return to TV but has remained vague on the details. In February, she said, “Oh, I’m gonna be going back to my roots and doing a TV show that has something to do with my roots. I’m going back to doing some teaching on television in that kind of capacity.” Naturally everyone assumed that new TV show was Simon Cowell‘s new reality competition, The X Factor, slated to premiere in the fall of 2011, but it looks like Abdul has been working on something different.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Paula Abdul is finalizing a deal with ABC to star in the reboot of Star Search, the original reality talent competition. No word yet on exactly what the former American Idol judge’s specific job would be, but there’s talk of her performing dual roles as host and judge. Allegedly, ABC has been strike a deal with Paula Abdul since she left American Idol last summer and they may have finally found the ideal job. Star Search is slated to hit the airwaves this summer, but there’s no word on whether or not the new deal would prevent Paula Abdul from joining The X Factor with Simon Cowell next fall.

Star Search, which was originally hosted by Ed McMahon from 1983 until 1995, produced major stars like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Beyonce.

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