Radaronline reports that Fox is using focus groups to decide how much Paula Abdul is really worth to them.
And the latest guest judges? Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers is the next one in Dallas. There are talks about Kelly Clarkson doing a round, too. Recall that she did a mock “judging” of Randy Jackson season one during her first audition.
The L.A. Times and others have said “Idol” offered Abdul $5 million a year, a raise from her current $2 to $3 million but she wanted $10 million, comparable to Ryan Seacrest. “Idol” refused and she Tweeted earlier this month that it was over.
But since she has yet to commit to anything else yet, including “Dancing With the Stars,” it appears she is still willing to return at the right price.
Paula will not be seen in any of the early audition shows; that much is certain. The fourth judge for those outings will be the likes of Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige and Shania Twain. Although none of these guest judges is being considered as Paula’s replacement, video of them on the job will be used for comparison purposes with the focus groups.
And as we already know, “Idol” wants four judges, whether we prefer three or not. Why, I have no clue — except other “Idols” around the world use four.
I’d say the odds are increasing that Paula will be back.
And– cool beans! Here’s that Kelly Clarkson first audition where she goofs with Randy. Gotta love Simon’s hair in 2002! Kelly is incredibly charming, of course. She’d be a fun guest judge. Score!
-The latest Daughtry tour skips Atlanta. Here are the closest cities:
November 30 Gainesville, FL Stephen Connell Center
December 1 Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee County Civic Center
December 2 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
December 4 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena