Paula AbdulFirst things first: Paula Abdul will be working for CBS for their new show 'Got to Dance,' which means that there's virtually no way she will be among the judges for 'American Idol' announced by Fox, whenever the show's producers' make up their minds.

So why does her name keep coming up? "I still love Paula," said returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe in an interview with Variety. "She's signed to CBS, probably exclusively, but I'd recommend we have her in a heartbeat."

With ratings on the decline the past couple of years, the reality franchise is certainly looking to inject new life into the show with the make-up of the judging panel. Abdul was part of the original team, along with Cowell and Randy Jackson, who is expected to stay. Her presence, and antics, helped catapult the competition series to the top, where it's stayed for almost a decade.

Americans quickly developed passionate feelings, both positive and negative, about her on the show. Widely criticized for her loopy and incoherent comments at times, Abdul was nevertheless an essential part of the winning formula. That's why 'American Idol' should bring her back, according to PopEater pal Jason Hughes of TV Squad.