Paula Abdul’s New Dance Show to Face Off Against ‘American Idol’

'Live to Dance' will kick off week before 'Idol' returns in January.

So much for “Forever Your Girl.” A year after leaving “American Idol,” former judge Paula Abdul is plotting her return to prime time in the dance competition “Live to Dance.”

And wouldn’t you know it? Abdul’s new CBS show will air opposite “Idol”! According to Variety, Abdul’s program will launch with a two-hour special on January 4 and then move to its regular one-hour Wednesday night slot on January 5 at 8 p.m.

Though Fox has not yet announced the launch date for season 10 of “Idol,” if the show re-boots as it typically does in the second week of January, there could be a face-off between the two shows beginning on the night of January 12. Fox has tentatively scheduled the weekly results show for “Idol” on Wednesdays at 8:30, so if both schedules hold, Abdul’s show would have a half-hour jump on the competition on results night.

On “Live to Dance,” Abdul will not only be a judge, but also serve as mentor and executive producer running contestants through their paces as they compete for a $500,000 prize.

Abdul, who is also rumored to be in the running to join another “Idol” alum, ex-lead judge Simon Cowell, on the American version of his hit British singing reality show, “The X Factor,” recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her expectations for “Live.”

“This show is unlike any other show if its kind,” she said. “It’s open to everyone who lives in that glorious place of passion and unique ability. And you’re not too young and you’re not too old, and because we’ve opened it up like that to all demographics and styles and genres of dance it just automatically brings the most good-willed and passionate people you’ve ever seen.” Abdul will be joined by Michael Jackson/ Lady Gaga choreographer Travis Payne and former Pussycat Dolls dancer Kimberly Wyatt.

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