Paula Abdul announced via Twitter on Tuesday she is quitting American Idol. The decision came as a shock to Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who tweeted that he “can’t imagine the panel without Paula.” Only last month, Paula Abdul said she was in contract negotiations with the show and had been invited to stick around as long as American Idol stayed on the air.
On Monday, Fox confirmed songwriter Kara DioGuardi would be returning as a judge for a second season of American Idol. Considering the rumors of bad blood between DioGuardi and Abdul, it’s interesting that Abdul announced she’s quitting just a few days later.Â Reports abound that Abdul was also after a hefty pay raise, reportedly demanding $20 million to appear on the next season of Idol, but wasn’t able to convince Fox to pay out.
“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to [American Idol]. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent… but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1become [sic] an international phenomenon,” Abdul posted on her Twitter feed Tuesday night.
“What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me… It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month.”
On his radio show Wednesday morning, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest said he was “shocked” and “bummed because we’ve worked together for so many years.”
American Idol season 8 winner Kris Allen said via Twitter he was “glad I was able to be a part of your last season on the show. You showed us so much love.”
Last night’s finale of American Idol Season 8 was a nail-biter…even DialIdol, which has predicted every winner since inception, said it was too close to call. The show was packed with stars performing with many of this year’s contestants, and was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Kudos to the producers for a highly entertaining 2 hours. As Kris Allen’s mom said during the show, “I’m not nervous because this is a great show.” Kris’ dad put it best: “These are two incredibly talented, humble young men.” Kris Allen, the dark horse, pulled out the win over media (and Snarkista’s) fave Adam Lambert.
Gawker has a deliciously cheesy montage from last night!
Both guys are so gifted in such different ways, and both deserved to be up there competing in the final. Adam is a riveting performer with vocal chops that are unrivaled. Kris is a super-versatile musician, a great arranger, and is no slouch in the vocal department either. Adam and Kris will both have fantastic careers, no doubt.
Their duo on last night’s show, “We Are The Champions”, finally gave us the Queen song we’ve been waiting for all season. Snarkista’s dying to hear Adam do “Somebody To Love”, but she’ll have to hope it makes it into the tour repertoire. Speaking of the Idol tour this year…it should be one of the best ever. This year’s contest featured some of the best talent the show has seen, and when they take the show on the road everyone’s in for a real treat.
Congratulations to Kris Allen!! Congrats to Adam Lambert too…what a breath of fresh air for fans he is. As for “bikini girl” Katrina Darnell– your new implants look great, but you still can’t sing. Kara DioGuardi blew you out of the water with her surprise “Vision of Love” which thankfully drowned you out- and her own bikini-flash (for charity) outclassed you by a mile. But you did look great.