Once, Paula Abdul was the queen of American Idol. Soon, she may be the competition.
Abdul, 47, is finalizing a deal to help ABC launch a new version of Star Search, the classic TV talent contest from the ’80s, according to Entertainment Weekly. The network isn’t commenting, but Abdul would reportedly juggle a combination of hosting and judging duties for the show, which could debut this summer.
The original Star Search, hosted by Ed McMahon, ran in syndication from 1983 until 1995 and featured comedy, modeling and dancing as well as singing. It featured performances by many future stars, including Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears in the early ’90s. A revival on CBS in 2003, hosted by Arsenio Hall, fizzled after just two seasons, though a young David Archuleta was the junior vocal champion in 2003.
Abdul left American Idol last August after eight seasons.