American Idol’s Paula Abdul will be judging on a new show, Drop Dead Diva. This time, she will be a courtroom judge. As Paula Abdul explained to TV Guide, “I’m playing a real judge in a courtroom speaking as Jane’s (Brooke Elliott) conscience. I root her on and give her the gumption to do the things she needs to do to get what she wants.”
Drop Dead Diva is a show about a model who is reincarnated into a plus-sized lawyer. In a way, Paula Abdul will be playing a comic tongue-in-cheek version of herself on the show. As she explains, “there’s a similarity to what I did (on Idol), but expands it to everything I want to do. It’s really tongue in cheek and allows me to just go for it. When I saw the pilot I’d never gone through such a full gamut of emotions-from feeling sad for someone and then feeling so thrilled for them, and in between that there’s hysterical writing.”
Paula Abdul is keeping a positive attitude about her departure from American Idol, as she seems to be looking forward to her upcoming projects. Not only will she appear as a judge on Drop Dead Divas, but she will also host the upcoming Vh1 Divas on September 17.
There were rumors of Paula Abdul’s possible participation on on Dancing With the Stars but talks fell through. There are also speculations of a possible role on So You Think You Can Dance.
Paula Abdul to Play Judge on Drop Dead Diva: American Idol Return?
While Paula Abdul is not actively entertaining possibilities of a return to American Idol, many fans hope for her return. Yet Paula Abdul insists that she did not resign over money, but rather on principle. “I’m a hard-working artist. I’ve lasted in this business for 23 years. And you can’t do that unless you are good at what you do. I believe in myself and you have to have your own self respect. And sometimes decisions are very difficult to make, but I’ve always believed that at the core I’m a survivor.”
I am inclined to believe Paula when she argues that she resigned from American Idol on principle rather than over money. If she were only concerned about money, she would likely have remained on the show, since it offered stability and a likely higher paycheck than shows such as So You Think You Can Dance or other guest-roles. There is a glaring discrepancy when Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell are being paid so much more than Paula Abdul for a relatively similar workload.
Leaving American Idol is a gamble, but it may pay off if Paula Abdul is able to find work that will give her a sense of satisfaction and self-respect. While her long-term professional future may be uncertain for now, at least she has options.
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