"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul Wednesday signed a three-year contract to stay on with the Fox TV talent competition.

"Paula is an integral member of the 'American Idol' family, and we are excited to have her continue as the show's beloved judge," Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori said in a news release.

"As someone who rose to the top of the charts as a solo artist, she has unique insights into the contestants' hopes, dreams and fears."

Abdul said in a statement she looks forward to being inspired and amazed each week by the contestants and "of course, I also look forward to putting (fellow judge) Simon (Cowell) in his place for years to come."