Courtney Love will guest on Idol, could “replace Paula,” source tells tabloid

Courtney Love may replace Paula Abdul as a judge on American Idol, at least according to a report in Us Weekly.

The former Hole lead singer, who has previously admitted to having a drug problem, tells the magazine that she has, in fact, been approached by the executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe. “He called. He was wondering if I was interested. I thought it was kind of weird but brilliant,” she says.

However, she doesn’t say specifically what they wanted her to actually do. Instead, Us cites “a source” and reports “that Lythgoe was considering having Love ‘replace Paula.’”

As bizarre as Paula’s behavior has been, that’s highly unlikely, especially because her behavior does nothing except increase the ratings. However, having Courtney Love serve as a guest judge for an episode–which is far, far more likely–would probably make Paula Abdul seem, comparatively speaking, completely normal.

Update: Lythgoe denies making the call.

Us Exclusive: Paula Being Replaced? Courtney Love Confirms She’s Been Called for American Idol [Us Weekly]

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