Jordin Sparks Thinks Paula Abdul Is Irreplaceable

'Paula was always there to soften the blow and make sure we were OK,' 'Idol' winner says.

It was only a few weeks ago that Jordin Sparks stopped by the MTV News offices and told us she was rooting for Paula Abdul to stay on "American Idol." Now, with the news that Abdul will not be returning to the show, the "Idol" winner said she can't help but feel like the departing judge is irreplaceable.

"Well, when I first heard the rumor a couple weeks ago, I was just like, 'I really hope it doesn't happen,' " she told MTV News at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. "Now that she's gone, I don't think anybody will ever be able to replace Paula. She's amazing."

Recalling her days of competing on the show, Sparks noted how helpful Abdul was in keeping the contestants focused and strong. "She's one of the original judges, and from being a contestant ... how stressful the show is and how everything goes, Paula was always there to soften the blow and make sure we were OK."

She felt that with her absence she thinks competing "will be a little bit harder, a little bit crazier for the contestants. ... But we'll see what happens," she added. "I'm still gonna tune in and watch and see what the dynamic will is like."

Even though she's an avid Paula supporter, Sparks still has love for the remaining judges, including Kara DioGuardi, who wasn't even a judge on the show while Sparks was competing. "I'm glad Simon [Cowell], Randy [Jackson] and Kara are coming back. But nobody can replace Paula."

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