I guess $8 million a year wasn’t enough for Paula Abdul. It’s rumored she actually wanted $20 million PLUS per year. Considering Ryan Seacrest is getting $15 million and Simon $35 million…why not?
The network’s entertainment chairman Peter Rice said Thursday that he intends to find a replacement for Paula Abdul before live “American Idol” episodes begin airing in January. When Abdul abruptly announced she was quitting the show this week, some assumed the network would revert to using three judges.
In the meantime, Fox will have guest judges each week during an audition process, choosing female pop stars and performers to sit in for Abdul while “American Idol” tours cities seeking new contestants.
“Our intention is to have guest judges at each of the auditions,” Rice said at the TCA summer press tour. “Our intention is to have the guest judges be female pop stars, female performers, female artists. Between now and January we will come up with a more permanent solution (and) come up with a replacement for Paula. There’s also something exciting about that, and we’ll be looking to bring a different element and a different energy to this season.”
I would love to see Sharon Osbourne take the spot. Who else might be a fit? Maybe a urban artist like Eve, Queen Latifah, Lil’ Kim, or Missy Elliot. They need to spice it up a bit. American Idol is getting tired and they need some new blood.
Next year, Paula our Gemini girl, will have a fab time astrologically. New opportunities and possibly even getting married. As they say, everything happens for a reason. Stay tuned.