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Paula Abdul: She's got a job, finally

  Yes, good news, etc.

  Our Paula has finally been gainfully employed. She's the lead judge on that CBS reality show,  "Got to Dance."

  No word on launch date.

  So much for "The X Factor."  This, by the way, has been rumored for some time, but there were so many possibililties - even, believe it or not, a return to "Idol" - that it was hard to figure out which rumor was real and which was balderdash. This is a perfect fit, insofar as Pabdul is a ridiculoulsy huge fan of "Dancing with the Stars," which tapes next door to "American Idol."  The most persistent rumor was Pabdul to "DWTS," though most likely as a contestant - which wouldn't have really been fair, insofar as she IS a professional choreographer. This looks like a very good move for her...

  My only wish: That CBS slots this directly opposite Simon's "X Factor" and that it  actually WINS.  

  Here's the release: 

  Paula Abdul, an award-winning dancer/choreographer, dynamic performer, multi-platinum recording artist and popular entertainment personality, has been named an executive producer, creative partner and lead judge for GOT TO DANCE (working title), a new reality-competition series for CBS.  She will also serve as coach, mentor and advocate for contestants during the performances and elimination process, providing critical input and guidance while sharing her experience with hopeful contestants.

            GOT TO DANCE is based on the British hit that debuted earlier this year and has been a ratings sensation for Britain's Sky 1, making it one of the UK's top-rated pay TV series this season. In the most inclusive talent search on television, amateurs with raw talent of any age group from across the nation (either performing solo or in a group) can audition any form of dancing—from ballroom to break dance, bhangra to ballet and tap to tango.  The most talented and entertaining dancers will be invited to audition for Abdul and her panel of experts, all world-class dancers themselves.  The very best will perform
live in the Semi-Finals and Finals, where they will battle for the right to be crowned GOT TO DANCE champion.

            "I've spent the better part of my life teaching, mentoring, nurturing—working with so many talented people—and I consider myself truly blessed to be able to continue to do something that I hold so dear to my heart," Paula Abdul commented.  "I am thrilled to be creative partners with Reveille, Shine, and CBS and to present the best new dance talent to American audiences. Each and every week we'll showcase the challenges and successes of a fantastic group of dancers, as they perform and compete—compelling stories, exciting competition and amazing dance performances are guaranteed."

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