Auditions for the ninth season of "American Idol" will begin in Boston on June 14, at which point tens of thousands of sweet-voiced signers and publicity-desperate oddballs will begin lining up for a shot at stardom. However, there's no word yet if any of the judges not yet signed to contracts will have to audition as well.

As Paula Abdul admitted Thursday during an appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman," the pop singer and "Idol" judge is still uncertain if she'll be sitting behind the desk alongside Simon Cowell when the auditions start.

"I never said that," Abdul said in response to Dave's teasing statement that she won't be returning. "I just said that I'm not sure."

Abdul did reveal that's she in the middle of contract discussions. "I love my job," she said. "I do. I feel that I've had a really wonderful journey with the show. It's called 'negotiating.' "

Cowell reportedly has one year left on his "Idol" contract and will be back for at least one more season. Newest judge Kara DioGuardi was only signed to a one-year contract at the start of season eight, and there has been much speculation as to whether she'll return for season nine. But Cowell has stated his conviction that all four judges will reprise their roles when the show begins airing next year.

On "Late Show," Abdul also addressed rumors that she doesn't get along well with DioGuardi. "Kara, she's great," she said. "And I don't understand why they do this to women. They love to pit women against each other. Maybe because it's sexier? I don't know. Maybe mud-wrestling? The whole thing. What they never expect in a million years was that 10 years ago Kara was my roommate.

"I was one of the first believers in her and we wrote a song together and it became one of the biggest songs," Abdul continued. "It's called 'Spinning Around.' The story of my life!"

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