Abdul could shift to So You Think You Can Dance as Idol mulls replacements

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2009 12:04PM
Cheryl Cole to judge on American Idol?The ongoing saga of the fate of one Ms. Paula Abdul continues. She is still without a contract for the new season of American Idol. Word has it it's a money thing -- who knew?!

Now someone has been talking around about her because executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has said that he would absolutely consider Abdul for a judging role on So You Think You Can Dance. As a successful choreographer and a known commodity, that would probably help the profile of that show tremendously as it moves to a fall season for the first time.

Another report has American Idol, and Simon Cowell himself approaching British pop star Cheryl Cole to consider replacing Abdul on the Idol dais. The rumor is that she turned down the position due to family commitments in England, but it does make one wonder. If this is all just tough negotiating for a new contract, everybody's playing hardball.

Abdul would be very well received on So You Think You Can Dance, probably both as a choreographer and as a judge. She could take a permanent spot and they could retire the rotating judge's panel, or keep that and go with a four person panel. Or she could simply join the existing roster of judge/choreographers on the show.

And as Cheryl Cole sat in as a judge for Britain's The X-Factor alongside Cowell, it's a pretty bold statement by the producers of the show that they're serious about continuing the show without Abdul, should they need to. Honestly, I'm not sure who would have the upper hand at this point. Yes, Idol is a bigger show than SYTYCD, and will likely remain that way, but it would still be a huge move for Abdul. And if SYTYCD soars in the ratings, she can claim some stake in that.

As for Idol, I'd think they'd want to go with someone more familiar to American audiences. One of the reasons Abdul worked in the beginning was that of the three judges, she was the one we knew. And she was the one we knew as a performer who'd done exactly what they're looking for these kids to do. Hell, Kylie Minogue would be a more recognizable face over here than Cheryl Cole. And without Abdul, we would need familiarity and comfort. After all, we're still getting used to Kara DioGuardi.

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i think paula abdul is awesoooommmmeeeeeeeee more women needs to be like her no matter where she is i'll watch ...................... that cheryl cole man she needs to take some lessons ( from PAULA)

August 06 2009 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Strangely enough, I think Paula Abdul could be more valuable on SYTYCD than she is on Idol. I feel like dance is more her expertise and she is a much more accomplished dancer than a singer anyway, and I could see her dancing critiques being more practical.

And really, I think a lot of why Paula is the way she is on Idol is because she's always so busy trying to be NICE to balance out Simon's rudeness and Randy laughing at people. SYTYCD doesn't really have a "bad guy" so she could just focus on her input about the dancing. ;-)

July 27 2009 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What is with the Brits taking over? Don't get me wrong, I love the Brits, but really, it's American Idol and America has talent. Why are they infiltrating our shows?

July 26 2009 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ever heard Kylie speaking on TV.? She is an inarticulate idiot.It is also doubtful American would understand one word Cheryl Cole says given she has a thick Northern England/Geordie accent.Anyway she will not leave her cheating husband free to roam for months on end.

Your shows should stick to familiar Americans really.

July 26 2009 at 7:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ahh Paula on Dance? please no. It's nice that the show has judges who you can understand when they critique.

July 26 2009 at 1:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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She doesn't have to join SYTYCD as a judge. She could choreograph, and bring a lot of viewers to the show doing just that. Not every choreographer gets to judge.

August 06 2009 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cheryl Cole, in HD, on several nights a week......finally a compelling reason to watch idol after the auditions.

July 25 2009 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Abdul on SYTYCD? No thanks! Mary Murphy is crazy enough.

July 25 2009 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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