Ever since the Producers of American Idol decided to remake the American Idol mold by bringing in a 4th judge in Kara DioGuardi. Fans and foe's of both Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul have been quite vocal.
The addition of Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge changed the formula and let many to believe American Idol producers were preparing for the departure of Paula Abdul from American Idol. What happened though, was a sort of partnership, if you will, between the American Idol chicks, Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul vs the American Idol boys. Although Randy Jackson's roll has always been more neutral, compared to Simon, there was already a balance and tie breaker situation.
Over the past few months, there has been plenty of speculation regarding the future of Paula Abdul on American Idol. Much of it focused around the hiring of Kara DioGuardi, who was seen by many as a planned replacement for long time American Idol Judge Paula Abdul.
In addition to going through annual contract negotiations with American Idol Producers, American Idol Judge Paula Abdul hired a new manager in David Sonenberg. With her new management in tow, Paula Abdul reportedly demanded $20 million from the American Idol producers to stay on as an American Idol Judge, but her manager David Sonenberg recently said, "Very sadly, it does not appear that she's going to be back on Idol."
Paula Abdul's latest Twitter post indicates Paula Abdul has decided to call it quits with American Idol. Since the inception of American Idol, Paula Abdul has been a fixture with the show. The constant almost sibling like rivalry between Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell was part of the Idol formula used in several other Idol programs including Australian Idol as well as Canadian Idol.
Since David Sonenberg's announcement on the possible fate of American Idol Judge Paula Abdul, Fans of Paula Abdul launched several campaign's in support of keeping Paula Abdul on American Idol. Last night, Paula Abdul dashed the hopes of her fans and thanks all her supporters when she announced she will be vacating the Paula Abdul seat on American Idol.
In her Twitter message, regarding her resignation from American Idol, Paula Abdul thanked her friends while displaying some underlying discontent towards American Idol producers in her Twitter statement. Displaying a little ego, Paula Abdul's line "being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon" is an obvious indication of some unresolved conflict or discontent over an apparent producer lack of appreciation of Paula Abdul's contribution towards Americian Idol.
Paula Abdul's Twitter post on Leaving American Idol
"With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to #IDOL. I'll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all ...being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon ... What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me ... It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month ... I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all."
There are still those out there who are hoping this radical move of Paula Abdul's in resigning from American Idol is a simple contract negotiation ploy. Insider reports, however, indicate Paula Abdul rejected an eight-figure deal from American Idol producers, which in essence represented a 30 percent raise. Whatever the case, as it sites now, the American Idol Judge team for Season 9 of American Idol consists of Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell. It is unclear if American Idol producers will bring on another female judge to replace Paula Abdul or if they will be going back to the 3 judge formula. Season 9 of American Idol will start airing in January of 2010, without longtime American Idol Judge Paula Abdul.
The American Idol Tour continues on across America with the following dates
August 5 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
August 7 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
August 8 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 9 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 11 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 12 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 14 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
August 15 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Rochester, NY BlueCross Arena
August 16 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Hartford, CT XL Center
August 18 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
August 19 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Albany, NY Times Union Center
August 20 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
August 22 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
August 23 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
August 25 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
August 26 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Auburn Hills, MI Palace at Auburn Hills
August 28 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
August 29 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
August 30 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
September 1 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Minneapolis, MN Target Center
September 2 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
September 4 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
September 5 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
September 6 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
September 8 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Reading, PA Sovereign Center
September 9 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
September 10 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard
September 12 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
September 13 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Providence, RI Dunkin' Donuts Center
September 14 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Syracuse, NY WarMemorial at OnCenter
September 15 AMERICAN IDOL TOP 10 TOUR Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
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