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Paula Abdul to "DWTS?" Don't hold the breath



 Yes, I'm disappointed too.

  Paula on "Dancing with the Stars" 10th season? Wonderful. I fully endorse the idea.

  But I hear this one may be off base.

  Here's a piece in tomorrow's paper: 


It was a beautiful morning, but the rain is on the way! How are all you tweethearts today? xoP"
  Good old coy Paula. Tweeting yesterday about the rain, and the beauty of the day, and conveniently overlooking the most sensational or at least intriguing development in her sensational/intriguing career:
  That she will be a contestant on the 10th season of "Dancing with the Stars," beginning March 22.
   There were a battery of "no comments" yesterday in the wake of a TMZ report that Abdul had signed a $1 million development deal with ABC which also secured her as a contestant on the new season.
  Such silence can usually be interpreted as accurate...or off-base. An industry source yesterday,however, said the answer behind door number two is closer to the truth.
  No Paula on "Dancing" - yet. In fact, the Paula-to-"DWTS" is as old as the show itself - a veritable chestnut of a rumor whose originator is widely believed to be none other than Paula herself. "DWTS" and "American Idol" are neighbors at CBS Television City, where both shows are taped, and Abdul has often visited the "DWTS" set, where she's well-known. Last summer, ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson said of Abdul, who had hours earlier walked away from "American Idol”:  "We would love to have her on 'Dancing' whether it's as a contestant or a participant [or] judge… I think she's a huge talent."
   If Abdul were to compete on "Dancing," benefits to both would be considerable. The show drooped a bit last season, in buzz, ratings, and - more difficult to measure - overall fan PASSION. Oh, sure, the contestants were fine, etc. but (ummm) exactly who WAS the "star" who won? (Kidding: We remember Donny Osmond's Argentine tango like it was yesterday.)
  But what of her possible role as a judge on Simon Cowell's "The X Factor," launching on Fox in 2011? Would a "Dancing" role pose a conceivable conflict of interest there. In fact, yes.
   So here's a good rule of thumb with Paula Abdul news: Don't wait for the tweet. Wait for the press release.


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