After negotiations with “Dancing With the Stars” and “Ugly Betty” fell through, [artist id="1397"]Paula Abdul[/artist] has finally booked her first major post-”American Idol” gig. And it’s the perfect fit. The Grammy-winning singer will host the September 17 “VH1 Divas” show, which is slated to feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Adele, Leona Lewis and Jordin Sparks.
Abdul announced the deal on Monday on her official Twitter feed, telling fans, “Hi guys! im really excited 2 announce ill b hosting this year’s “VH1 Divas”! The show will be live on Sept 17th @ 9 pm EST.”
After a four-year hiatus, the show is returning with a fresh-faced lineup of contemporary hitmakers, who join the list of legends who have graced the Divas stage since the event began in 1998, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Cher, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and Beyoncé. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
The Abdul announcement comes less than a week after the former “Idol” judge’s manager told the Los Angeles Times that contrary to reports, Abdul was not holding out for a possible return to “Idol.” Manager David Sonenberg told the paper that Abdul was in talks with all the major networks about possible shows and that fans may see her returning in any of a number of different guises, from executive producer to star or host.
Abdul shocked fans of “Idol” on August 4 when she announced her sudden departure from the show via Twitter. So far, producers have announced that her seat will be filled by a rotating series of guest judges, including Joe Jonas, Katy Perry , Mary J. Blige and Victoria Beckham.