May 24, 2018
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Will Paula Abdul return as ‘American Idol’ judge?

FILE - In this March 5, 2009 file photo, "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul arrives at the American Idol Top 13 Party in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
By Aimee Dolloff, Special to the BDN

It’s no secret that in addition to writing, renovating a house and planning a wedding, reality TV is a central part of my life (thanks to my DVR). What I’m finding more surprising is that it’s such a large part of lots of people’s lives, too.

Take for example my fabulous wedding coordinator. She’s a petite, professionally trained dancer who wouldn’t hurt a fly unless it messed with one of her brides. You would think that when TV shows come up in conversation she’d talk about “Bridezillas” or “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC, and although her favorite is “So You Think You Can Dance,” I was surprised at what she said she watches.

After a quick lunch this week, she came back to my office and we somehow got on the subject of mixed martial arts. I was shocked to learn that her husband and father of four used to participate in cage training fights, but the real surprise came when she said she loves to watch “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike.

She and her husband even follow Dana White, Ultimate Fighting Championship president, on Twitter.

You’re probably wondering why I’m sharing this perhaps not-so-remarkable revelation, but it’s so that I can give you what you want. We know that “American Idol” is a big one and as an admitted addict I’ll always give you that, but what else do you like? What do you want to know about reality TV? Send me an e-mail and I’ll try to get you some answers and the inside scoop.

Until then, a quick “American Idol” update that might be a good thing for the show: Paula Abdul may not return to the judge’s table.

A report from Reality TV World’s Web site has Abdul’s manager saying that no contract proposal has been received and that she’s “hurt” and “angry.”

The ninth season already is in the works, but the question as to whether Abdul will be seated at the table (or dancing, clapping and hitting Simon) has yet to be answered.

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