Nigel Lythgoe really is in talks with Paula Abdul about her joining SYTYCD

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 6th 2009 12:45PM
Randy Jackson, Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell (l to r)Nigel Lythgoe really was serious about wanting to work with Paula Abdul again. Lythgoe used to be executive producer on American Idol, before he left to devote his full attention to So YouThink You Can Dance. This upcoming week, they'll be filming "Vegas Week" for the upcoming fall season six of the hit summer series.

But before that starts, Lythgoe has invited Paula Abdul to fly down to Vegas this weekend so they can talk about her possibly becoming a part of the show. He'd love to have her, of course, "If I can afford her," he says. The question becomes: was it the money over at Idol, or the fact that she felt disrespected?

As to what capacity Abdul could be involved in the show as it takes Idol's time slots in the fall, she could be very involved. Hell, if they agree to things quickly, she could be a part of the judging panel for "Vegas Week," meaning she'd only have missed the initial auditions, and she could certainly join the choreographer pool immediately.

If Lythgoe can get her, it would be a pretty big move for the show, FOX and Abdul. With Dance trying to prove it can hack it with the big boys in the fall season this year, having such a high profile personality who's been on the number one show on television join your roster of judges doesn't hurt. I imagine a ton of Idol and Abdul fans would tune in at least once to see how she's doing in her new digs.

It's a win for FOX because it keeps her on the same network, in essentially the same time slot, so the network can at least somewhat appear as if they were loyal to her. And it's a win for Abdul, because it's a perfect fit for her talents, and there's no better time to join the hit reality show than when it's making a high profile move of its own. Now it could be new season, new judge, new choreographer.

I'd imagine they'd have to offer her a permanent seat on the panel next to Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. And, to be able to properly market her addition to the show for the greatest impact, that would be the right move. I have mixed feelings about whether I would still want the rotating chair for other choreographers to comment, because about half of them offer good criticism while the other half are just crap. Of course, that also sums up Paula's track record.

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Sallen2sonn@aol.com

While I do recognize Paula's
past achievements in the field of dance, I think she has two strikes against's her for a job on SYTYCD. One, how many drunken , or whatever, mumbling rambles will it take to bring down the pristine reputation of SYTYCN and drag it down to Dancing with the Stars?
Second, can she really be as knowledgeable on such a wide range of dance styles?

August 15 2009 at 3:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blueeyedwolf

I could really care less about Paula Abdul.

August 08 2009 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Duane

She's far better suited as a critic of choreography than voice. She should take the gig.

August 07 2009 at 5:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zbinky84

I'm happy to see her go. She's had her time on this show and I think someone else should have a try on it.

August 07 2009 at 4:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Zbinky84

I agree.

August 07 2009 at 4:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DAVE

no more paula no more idol for me. i believe idol underestimated how important paula was to the show. and to pay seacrest 10 times what paula was getting was a slap in the face to her. anyone can do seacrests job.

August 07 2009 at 4:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cmypeople

SYTYCD Judges more qualified than Paula? R U Kidding?
Below are some of Paula's awards...

American Dance Awards


1990
Won American Dance Award
category Choreographer of the Year


American Music Awards


1992
Won American Music Award
category Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist


1992
Got nomination for American Music Award
category Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist


1992
Got nomination for American Music Award
category Favorite Adult Contemporary Album for "Spellbound"


1990
Won American Music Award
category Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist


1990
Won American Music Award
category Favorite Dance Artist


1987
Won American Music Award
category For choreography on ZZ Top's video for "Velcro Fly"


Billboard Music Video Awards


1989
Won Billboard Music Video Award
category Best Video for "Straight Up"


1989
Won Billboard Music Video Award
category Best New Artist Video for "Straight Up"


Emmy Awards


2004
Got nomination for Emmy
category Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)
shared with Simon Fuller (executive producer); Cécile Frot-Coutaz (executive producer); Nigel Lythgoe

2003
Got nomination for Emmy
category Outstanding Reality/Competition Program for American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)
shared with Simon Fuller (executive producer); Cécile Frot-Coutaz (executive producer); Simon Jones

1990
Won Emmy
category Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for The 17th Annual American Music Awards (1990) (TV)
shared with Michael Darrin (choreographer); Dean Barlow (choreographer)

1989
Won Emmy
category Outstanding Achievement in Choreography (For episodes "The Wave Girls", "D.U.I.", "The Cure" and "Maggie In Peril", part I) for The Tracey Ullman Show (1987)
shared with Walter Painter for The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening (1989) (TV)

1988
Got nomination for Emmy
category Outstanding Achievement in Choreography (For episode "The Pits") for The Tracey Ullman Show (1987)


Grammy Awards


1991
Won Grammy Award
category Best Music Video, Short Form for "Opposites Attract"
shared with Michael Patterson & Candice Reckinger (Video Directors); Sharon Oreck (Video Producer)

1990
Got nomination for Grammy Award
category Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Straight Up"


Little Scholars Awards


2002
Won Lifetime Achievement Award



MTV Video Music Awards


1995
Got nomination for MTV Video Music Award
category Best Dance Video for "My Love Is For Real"


1995
Got nomination for MTV Video Music Award
category Best Choreography for "My Love Is For Real"


1989
Won MTV Video Music Award
category Best Choreography for "Straight Up"


1989
Won MTV Video Music Award
category Best Dance Video for "Straight Up"


1989
Won MTV Video Music Award
category Best Female Video for "Straight Up"


1989
Won MTV Video Music Award
category Best Editing for "Straight Up"


1986
Won MTV Video Music Award
category Best Choreography for Janet Jackson's "Nasty" video


People's Choice Awards


1991
Won People's Choice Award
category Favorite Female Musical Performer


1990
Won People's Choice Award
category Favorite Female Musical Performer.


Soul Train Music Awards


1989
Won Soul Train Music Award
category Best Video for "Straight Up"


1989
Won Soul Train Music Award
category Best Choreography for "Straight Up"


Teen Choice Awards


2005
Got nomination for Teen Choice Award
category Choice TV Personality: Female


2005
Got nomination for Teen Choice Award
category Choice TV Personality: Female


2004
Got nomination for Teen Choice Award
category Choice Reality/Variety TV Star - Female for American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)


2003
Won Teen Choice Award
category Choice Reality Babe for American Idol: T

August 07 2009 at 3:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MaryMRevis

Ms Abdul is most better suited to judging choreography/dancing than singing. She is a dear little lady but Idol is better off with another judge in her place. Paula SHOULD be offered a spot with the Think You Can Dance show & paid well for it. It is an area where she SHINES!! I wish her luck

August 07 2009 at 3:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Verdean Baumgartner

Paula was the icing on the cake for American Idol. I can't imagine why those in charge would let her go, but I bet they will live to regret such a reckless decision. She and Simon made the show, and without her it will never be the same, and will probably lose the title of "Number One". SYTYCD would be guaranteeing themselves greater popularity for their already fantastic program, if they are fortunate enough to get sweet little Paula! I agree with Caroline...she should do both shows if possible. We love her...just like so many others do. Make it happen Paula!

August 07 2009 at 2:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spikeit

Oh please. All this is to hype Idol up more. Paula WILL be back, wait and see. I think she's a VERY nice looking woman and seems to have a sweet personality but gezzzz, the woman cannot speak a complete sentence without it being filled with "uh, uh, uh" and constantly hesitating and stuttering/blabbering. I like her, but I sure hope she doesn't return. I get sick of helping her talk and completing her sentences to help move the show along. Just say NO.

August 07 2009 at 2:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy

While on AI, a few seasons ago, does anyone remember when Paula was on a show to meet and date a guy? That too failed. Sorry, most intelligent, decent gentlemen, are looking for women that have the knowledge to be able to keep their man's interest, speak not only of trivial things, but can converse about world issues, sports, and have the ability to be honest, not self centered, into themselves and craving so much attention, being obnoxious, and trying to act younger than your age, is truly not an asset.

August 07 2009 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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