The 47-year-old announced on Tuesday that long-running negotiations had fallen through and she had quit Idol after eight seasons.
Abdul has been candid about considering a new role on the small screen on popular TV competition So You Think You Can Dance — after the show’s judge Nigel Lythgoe revealed he would welcome the singer to the program “without question.”
ABC President Stephen McPherson now admits Abdul is a top choice for a second celebrity-studded talent competition — where she would critique contestants or perform on the dance floor.
McPherson says, “Absolutely, I would love that. I was shocked by that decision (for Abdul to leave Idol). 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.
“We have no formal plans. I think all possibilities are open. Really, it will depend on where her head is at.”
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