“American Idol” fans and stars from the show were stunned earlier this week when Paula Abdul announced that she’s leaving the show after eight seasons as one of its most popular judges. And, as Abdul considers her next move — and fans and “Idol” stars have reacted to the news — people all over the music industry are reacting with sadness to see the most sensitive judge on “Idol” leaving her post at the table.
“Well always miss her sensitive moments and her breakdowns!” former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard told MTV News at Kanye West’s performance in New York on Wednesday. “It’s like yin and yang. You can’t have Simon without Paula and Randy. I guess we’ll see.” She later added she was on Team Paula and would love to see her make a comeback to the show somewhere down the line.
Richard’s boyfriend and Day26 member Que Mosley added that he too is on Team Paula, and he always felt that Abdul made the chemistry bubble over at the judge’s panel. Without her, he’s not sure it will feel the same way. “The chemistry [will be missing],” he said. “We love Simon [and] Paula, and I think with Paula gone, ’American Idol’ won’t be the same.”
Meanwhile former Cheetah Girl and MTV host Adrienne Bailon is sad to see Abdul leave, but knows she’ll find success in whatever she does next. “I know I definitely enjoyed Paula being on the show,” she said. “And I thought she balanced the other two out a bit,” she said. “But I’m sure she’s making a wise decision. She’s always made great career choices. She’ll figure it out.”
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