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Paula Abdul says she will DVR 'American Idol' as she prepares to launch 'Live to Dance'

10/29/2010 by Corinne Heller

Paula Abdul speaks to OnTheRedCarpet.com before the  2010 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2010. Paula Abdul's says she will watch American Idol as she prepares to launch her own talent series Live to Dance in January at a time that could see it facing off against her former show.

Live to Dance will see dancers from across the United States auditioning for Abdul and fellow experts Travis Payne and Kimberly Wyatt, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls.

"I absolutely will," Abdul, who left American Idol in 2009, told the Associated Press, which asked if she will watch American Idol when it returns in January. "DVR. I watched the last season objectively as a fan. Look, I was part of that family for nine years of my life. With Jennifer and Steven coming in, they're seasoned veterans."

The Fox network had said that the singing competition series, which recently hired Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as new judges as part of a series shakeup made amid declining ratings, would air on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., according to The Hollywood Reporter. Live to Dance is set to premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 on CBS and then continue to air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

On January 5, the Live to Dance contestants will participate in a "dance-off" and 18 will be chosen as finalists. On January 12, the remaining contestants will begin competing against one another. The winner receives $500,000. Andrew Gunsberg has been named as the host of the series.

Abdul was replaced on American Idol by Kara DioGuardi, who ended her run as a judge on the show earlier this year. Abdul, a former Laker Girl, was seen as the "cheerleading" judge who offered a more sympathetic ear and words of encouragement, in contrast to Simon Cowell's typically-acerbic tone and dry and sometimes insulting comments.

Cowell left American Idol after the finale of its ninth season in May to start a new show - an American version of British talent series The X Factor.

"I needed some time to really kind of reflect on the amount of hard work that I put into American Idol," Abdul told OnTheRedCarpet.com in August. "It was the biggest blessing of my life. I learned so much and it was so wonderful to be able to go back to my roots, where I was when I started, behind the camera, rooting and nurturing talent to take flight."

DioGuardi is set to launch her own songwriting contest series, tentatively called Going Platinum, which will debut with 10 episodes on Bravo in 2011 and also feature singer Jewel.


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