Fans, Past Idols Launch "Keep Paula" Campaign on Twitter

Entertainment Jul. 20, 2009 AT 3:16PM
Paula Abdul Paula Abdul arrives at Nickelodeon's 2009 Kids' Choice Awards on March 28, 2009 in Westwood, California. Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

Shortly after Paula Abdul's manager announced that "it does not appear" the dancer-singer will return to American Idol next season, fans took to Twitter to show their support for the embattled judge. Using the hashtag "#keeppaula," they have been Tweeting like crazy. Matt Giraud, Anoop Desai and Danny Gokey -- who are now on the Idol live tour - also each took time out to join the "Keep Paula" campaign.

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Season 7's Syesha Mercado Tweeted, "No Paula = No American Idol." Katrina Darrell, the contestant known as "Bikini Girl" who clashed with new fourth judge Kara DioGuardi, wrote: "They don't need a 4th judge, especially an insecure know it all kara. Keep Paula add bikini girl as 4th judge if they need."

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Abdul took to her Twitter page to thank fans for standing by her. She wrote: "I"m actually moved 2 tears upon reading the enormous amount of tweets showing me your kindness, love & undying support. God bless all you! If it weren't for you, this specific time and situation would feel a lot worse!"

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Abdul's manager told the Los Angeles Times that the judge has yet to be offered a new contract for the upcoming ninth season. The announcement came as Idol host Ryan Seacrest inked a $45 million, three-year contract. Said Abdul's manager David Sonenberg: "She's not a happy camper as a result of what's going on. She's hurt. She's angry. . . . Very sadly, it does not appear that she's going to be back on Idol."

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