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'American Idol' judge Paula Abdul wants to go 'Dancing with the Stars'


By Christopher Rocchio, 01/31/2008 

As Paula Abdul attempts to re-launch her recording career, the American Idol judge has apparently expressed an interest in crossing enemy lines and putting her Grammy-winning dance moves on display.

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"She told me she wanted to do [Dancing with the Stars]," Luis van Amstel, a former Dancing with the Stars professional partner who still works as one of the ABC reality show's choreographers, told TV Guide in the magazine's February 10 issue. "I thought she meant to sing.  But she said, 'No. I want to dance.'"

Abdul recently debuted her new single "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" -- which was produced by fellow Idol judge Randy Jackson -- on Idol host Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show, and it represents her first single since "Crazy Cool" was released in 1995. 

The "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" music video will reportedly premiere during Fox's pregame coverage of Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, February 3. 

Before starting her career as a pop star in the 1980s Abdul had impressive credentials in the dance world, working as a Los Angeles Lakers' Laker Girl before eventually becoming the group's choreographer.  She then went on to choreograph music videos for numerous artists, from Duran Duran and Dolly Parton to Janet Jackson and INXS. 

Her music video for "Opposites Attract" won Abdul a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.

However Abdul's also been sandwiched between Jackson and Simon Cowell at Idol'd judging table the last six spring seasons, raising the likely issue that -- even if her Idol contract allowed her to participate in a competing broadcast network's reality show, which is unclear -- she'd probably only be able to compete on a fall Dancing with the Stars edition that took place during when the Fox mega-hit was off the air.

"But wouldn't that be great?" van Amstel openly wondered to TV Guide.

Dancing with the Stars Spring 2008 sixth season will debut with a 90-minute performance episode broadcast on March 17 in its regular Mondays at 8PM ET/PT time period. 

(Photo credit ABC)


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