May 24, 2010 01:00 PM by Nancy Floyd
Season 9 ofÂ American Idol–andÂ Simon Cowell‘s tenure as a judge–is coming to a close this week. Cowell will film his final episode of Idol on Wednesday and rumor has it, he’ll be sent off in style from former judge,Â Paula Abdul. Keep reading for more details on Abdul’s return to Idol this week…
The season finale ofÂ American Idol is almost here. On Wednesday night, the competition will come to an end when the winner of season 9 will be crowned. Will it beÂ Lee Dewyze orÂ Crystal Bowersox? Wednesday also marks the last episode to feature longtime judge,Â Simon Cowell. Cowell announced last year that he’ll be leavingÂ American Idol after this season to focus on his new reality TV venture,Â X Factor, premiering onÂ FOX in the fall of 2011.
How do you say goodbye to perhaps the biggest star onÂ American Idol? Producers of the singing competition have something big planned, although they’re remaining mum on the details. PEOPLE magazine reports that the send-off forÂ Simon Cowell will feature his close friend and formerÂ American Idol judge,Â Paula Abdul. Abdul served on the Idol judging panel alongside Cowell for eight seasons before being replaced this year by comedienne and daytime TV talk show host,Â Ellen DeGeneres.
No word yet on exactly whatÂ Paula Abdul‘s involvement will be on Wednesday’s season finale ofÂ American Idol, but it definitely has to do withÂ Simon Cowell‘s goodbye. She’ll also reportedly be joined by former Idol contestants in remembering the acid-tongued judge. A performance by Christina Aguilera is also scheduled for the finale.
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