Paula Abdul’s contract for American Idol is still up in the air at this point, since show execs haven’t decided whether they’ll double her contract to $20 million.
But in the event Paula doesn’t come back for season 9 of Idol, Nigel Lythgoe has invited her to another very popular show: So You Think You Can Dance.
Nigel told the New York Daily News, "We would certainly consider her as a guest judge. Without question."
As much as we love Paula on Idol, it seems SYTYCD is more up her alley. She is after all, a choreographer before she is a singer. And her dance moves are still pretty much in tact from her “Opposites Attract” days.
And speaking of Nigel, he was once the executive producer of Idol. From his inside perspective, he told TV Guide, "Having spoken with [Fox reality boss] Mike Darnell, I know Fox wants to keep Paula.”
Nigel also said that Paula has a right to be angry after seeing the new contracts Ryan and Simon just scored for $45 million and $144 million, respectively.
Nigel said, "I don't know if they're true, but Paula seeing those figures would make her pretty upset.”
We don’t want to see Paula leave Idol, but So You Think You Can Dance would be a great consolation for her!