ABC has talked to Paula Abdul about joining Dancing with the Stars

The longstanding rumors that Paula Abdul would appear on Dancing with the Stars, however logically unsound, are now closer than ever to reality, as ABC has approached Paula Abdul about appearing on the show, either as a contestant or even a judge.

“I definitely have reached out to her,” ABC entertainment president Steve McPherson told TV critics Saturday. “And we’re friends from way back, so I gave her a call, first and foremost, just to say I was sorry about the situation and also that we’d love to see her on ABC.”

Earlier, he said, “I was a little stunned by the decision, and we would love to have her on ‘Dancing’ and whether it’s as a contestant or participant of some sort, judge, et cetera. I think she’s a huge talent. I think that there’s a lot made about her in terms of who she is, and I think there’s a sensitivity and there’s kind of an emotion to her that balancing out ‘Idol.’ And we’d love to get a piece of that. It would be great.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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