Nigel Lythgoe talking to Paula Abdul about joining So You Think You Can Dance

Continuing his apparent summer mission of supporting people who perform poorly on Fox reality shows, Nigel Lythgoe says he will meet with Paula Abdul this weekend to talk about her joining his series, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance–although he added a very important caveat.

“With Paula’s background as a dancer, choreographer and reality judge now, I don’t know any one more qualified than Paula Abdul,” Nigel told the Los Angeles Times. “We discussed the possibility of her now being available to come on “So You Think You Can Dance. She’s on the East Coast at this moment in time and hopefully we’re going to meet this weekend in Vegas. We go out to do our Vegas Week this week and Paula’s gonna come out there and we’ll sit down and talk about what opportunities are available. If I can afford her,” he said.

Of course, the reason she’s not returning for American Idol 9 is that she wanted more money than Fox and FremantleMedia were willing to pay–$20 million a year–so they let her go.

Lytgoe also said, “All we discussed is that, yes, this is the situation at the moment, and she may well be free to come and join us on SYTYCD.” The dance competition has its finale tonight and tomorrow night, but will film its sixth-season callbacks in Las Vegas this weekend.

By the way, Nigel ironically left American Idol exactly one year ago Tuesday, the same day as Paula Abdul’s departure.

Paula Abdul may not be unemployed for very long [Los Angeles Times]

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