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ABC 'Absolutely' Wants Paula Abdul On 'Dancing with the Stars'

ABC is joining the chorus of competitors who can't wait to snag up Paula Abdul.

ABC programming chief Stephen McPherson told the Television Critics Association on Saturday that he was 'stunned' when he heard Paula was leaving 'American Idol' and that they're definitely interested in working with the 'huge talent'.

"Absolutely, I would love that," said McPherson. "I definitely have reached out to her. First and foremost to say I was sorry about the situation and also that we'd love to see her on ABC. We'd love to have her on 'Dancing', whether as a contestant, a participant or a judge. I think she's a huge talent."

"There's a lot made about who she is. I think there is a sensitivity and emotion there that balances out 'Idol'. We'd love to get a piece of that. We have no formal plans," he said. "But I think all possibilities are open. Really, it will depend on where her head is at."

NBC's Paul Telegdy, who heads up their reality TV, has said he would consider a project with Abdul. While 'So You Think You Can Dance' creator Simon Fuller has said she's got an open invitation to be a guest judge on the show.

Last week, Fox chairman Peter Rice announced 'Idol' would be using celebrity judges to fill the void during auditions, and they hope to have a permanent replacement in place by the time the live shows begin in January.

'Spice Girl' Victoria Beckham began her stint as judge last week with the Denver auditions on Friday.

August 10, 2009 |

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