American Idol judges still negotiating

Despite a report that said all four American Idol judges were signed to return for the show’s ninth season, a rep for one of them says that’s not true and it will be months before American Idol 9’s judge panel is set. Both Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul’s contracts were up at the end of the last season.

Citing no sources, Radar Online reported that it “exclusively learned that all four judges — Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi — will be returning to the next season of American Idol.” The report hedged saying “Paula and Kara are still in negotiations on the fine points of their contracts which sources believe will be finalized in the next few weeks. A formal announcement is still at least a month away.”

But Paula Abdul’s publicist, Jeff Ballard, told E! News, “The RadarOnline info is incorrect. Negotiations are continuing. You probably won’t hear anything until closer to September, when judges are needed back to go on the road.”

Radar later hedged with another “exclusive” that said the same thing, although it pretended to cite her (“Paula Abdul told RadarOnline.com exclusively”) even though their source was the same person, “her rep.”

Season nine auditions are currently being held without the judges, who will see those who get called back at a later date.

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