AMERICAN IDOL fans have launched a grass-roots campaign to keep Paula Abdul as a judge on the No 1-rated US television show after her manager said she had not received a new contract proposal and might leave the singing contest.
Former Idol contestants joined in the #keepaula campaign on Twitter and American Idol Internet forums. Abdul â€” a mainstay of the show since 2002 â€” took to her own Twitter page to thanks fans for their support.
â€œIf it werenâ€™t for you, this specific time and situation would feel a lot worse! xoP,â€ Abdul wrote.
Abdulâ€™s manager, David Sonenberg, told the Los Angeles Times over the weekend that he had no new contract proposal from Idol producers, even though auditions are due to start on August 6 for Season 9, which will be broadcast in January 2010.
â€œVery sadly, it does not appear that sheâ€™s going to be back on Idol,â€ Sonenberg told the newspaper.
Fellow judge Simon Cowell, who has cast doubt on his own future with American Idol after 2010, said on Monday he wanted Abdul back. â€œI donâ€™t get a lot of say. Iâ€™ve just made it clear that I want Paula on the show,â€ Cowell told celebrity news show Extra.
The fate of Kara DioGuardi, the fourth judge who joined â€œIdolâ€ last year, is also uncertain.
Despite sliding viewership, American Idol is still Americaâ€™s most watched TV show with an average 26,3 million per episode. â€” Reuters.