Paula Abdul may not be returning to American Idol, but fans might still see her at the judges' table this season!
ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson told reporters the former Idol judge would be a welcome addition to Dancing With the Stars.
"Absolutely, I would love that," he said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena Saturday when asked about the prospect of Abdul critiquing contestants alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli.
McPherson also said that they were "friends from way back" and that she sound "good" when he called her after the news broke that she was leaving Idol after eight seasons.
"I was shocked by that decision," he said. "We would love to have her on Dancing, as a contestant, participant or judge. I think she's a huge talent. I think there's a lot made of her in terms of who she is… There's a sensitivity and an emotion to her that balances out Idol, and we'd love to have a piece of that."
He added that Abdul has not yet inked a deal. "We have no formal plans," he said. "I think all possibilities are open. Really, it will depend on where her head is at."
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