Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe said he would “absolutely” be interested in having Paula join “SYTYCD.” He told the critics that he had spoken to Paula yesterday morning. “I said we were going to Vegas for Season 6 and I asked her if she would be available [to join us]. She’s going to come out and meet me [and discuss it].”
But Nigel added that he’s not sure she’s done with “Idol.” “I don’t even know that she’s going to leave ‘Idol.’ Until ‘Idol’ goes on the air [in January], there are still opportunities for renegotiations.” It’s important to note that Nigel’s comments came before FOX Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice made his.
Nigel invited Paula to tonight’s “SYTYCD” finale, but she is working on the east coast and couldn’t come (Paula tweeted today that she is filming an episode of “Drop Dead Diva.”).
But before you start readying a fourth chair for the “SYTYCD” judges’ table, Nigel later clarified his comments by saying he’s not interested in Paula being a full-time judge, just a guest judge. “I don’t mind a fourth guest judge now and then…So, no, I’m not talking about [Abdul permanently] filling a third chair or a fourth chair.”
I still say there’s a possibility Paula will end up on “Dancing With the Stars”…
You can read all of the details on the “Dance” panel from Michael Ausiello at EW.com…
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