Paula Abdul is still sorting through her many post-”American Idol” offers, and from the sound of things, the president of ABC is prepared to clear some space for her on one of his judges’ tables.
Speaking with reporters at the annual Television Critics Association press tour, ABC President Stephen McPherson said that [artist id="1397"]Abdul[/artist], who shocked fans last week by announcing that she would not be returning to “Idol,” would be a welcome addition to the cast of “Dancing With the Stars,” in one form or another.
“Absolutely, I would love that,” McPherson said when asked about Abdul critiquing celebs alongside “DWTS” panelists Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. “We’re friends from way back.
“We would love to have her on ‘Dancing,’ as a contestant, a participant or a judge. I think she’s a huge talent,” McPherson continued. “I think there’s a lot made of her in terms of who she is. … There’s a sensitivity and an emotion to her that balances out ‘Idol,’ and we’d love to have a piece of that.”
McPherson added that he was “shocked” to hear of Abdul’s decision to leave “Idol” after eight high-rated seasons, but that she sounded “good” after the two spoke on the phone. He added that there have been no contractual talks between the network and Abdul, but that the ball is most definitely in her court.
“We have no formal plans,” he said. “I think all possibilities are open. Really, it will depend on where her head is at.”
McPherson’s comments mark the second time that Abdul’s name has been mentioned in conversations about judging another TV show. Last week, “So You Think You Can Dance” (and “American Idol”) executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TVGuide.com that he would seriously consider hiring Abdul to sit on the panel for the show, too.
“I’ve offered her a judge/choreographer [position] ever since season one, but of course, [Fox] said, ‘No, no, we can’t have her judging ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘American Idol,’ ” Lythgoe said. “So now, if she remains free from ‘Idol,’ she’s got no excuse.”