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CBS Eyeing Paula Abdul

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 26th 2010 1:59PM
File this under another Paula Abdul rumor.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS has just greenlit a new talent competition called 'Got to Dance,' and the Eye is apparently eying Abdul for a judging spot.

The reality series, based on the UK show of the same name, is billed as an all-ages, all-genres dance competition, with dancers from all walks of life and levels of experience competing for a panel of judges and an audience vote during the semi-finals and finals.File this under another Paula Abdul rumor.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS has just greenlit a new talent competition called 'Got to Dance,' and the Eye is apparently eying Abdul for a judging spot.

The reality series, based on the UK show of the same name, is billed as an all-ages, all-genres dance competition, with dancers from all walks of life and levels of experience competing for a panel of judges and an audience vote during the semi-finals and finals.

Following Abdul's unexpected exit from 'American Idol' last summer, the choreographer-turned-reality star has found herself in high demand for a new television gig, with fellow 'Idol' star Simon Cowell expressing interest in his former colleague for a judging spot on Fox's 2011 talent contest 'The X-Factor,' which Cowell is producing. It seems that no formal offer has yet been made from CBS, but the network is obviously eager to open the channels of communication with Abdul, whose acceptance of the job would prove a major coup against 'X-Factor' from rival Fox, which already has an established dance show in 'So You Think You Can Dance.'

CBS is on a winning streak with reality this year, following the surprising popularity of its post-Superbowl hit, 'Undercover Boss.' According to sources, CBS' head of reality, Jennifer Bresnan, was eager to expand the genre to include amateur performers with undiscovered talent. The British version of 'Got to Dance' premiered earlier this year on Sky1 and rapidly became one of the country's highest-rated premium network series.

With the reality talent pool already crowded with Fox's 'SYTYCD', ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' and NBC's 'America's Got Talent,' along with 'Idol' and upcoming 'X-Factor,' it remains to be seen whether the public will tire of picking up the phone every night to vote for their favorite performers on every major network. But Abdul's inclusion will likely prove a ratings boost wherever she ends up, with many 'Idol' fans still mourning her loss from the former ratings juggernaut.

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Leeanna Ferguson

I just want to say That I am a loyal Paula Fan, I stopped viewing American Idol and I will watch what ever show she is on

May 28 2010 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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