Paula Abdul On 'Idol's' Ellen Future: 'It's Going To Be A Different Show'

Former "Idol" judge says she's set to announce "very exciting stuff"

Friday, Sep 18, 2009  |  Updated 6:00 AM CDT
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Paula Abdul wished Ellen DeGeneres luck in her new gig as an "American Idol" judge. But she says the show will be "different."

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When Paula Abdul left "American Idol," the reality competition's judges' panel lost a genuine pop "Idol" of its own – a singer with No. 1 hits and real-life experience. So with Ellen DeGeneres, a comedienne and talk show host, taking her spot alongside Simon, Randy and Kara, what does that mean for "Idol?"

"It's just going to be a different show," Paula told Phoenix, Arizona's Johnjay & Rich on 104.7 KISS FM on Thursday.

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Paula announced her decision to leave the top-rated FOX program on her Twitter page earlier this summer, but making that choice wasn't easy.

"I was making that very difficult decision, where I was fighting with myself back and forth," she said, implying she had been unhappy with the status of the show. "Am I willing to go against what my beliefs are? Should I just do it and – have the same outcome? You guys know what it's like down there, you've been there many times. You're well aware of the energy that's around that."

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As for the future, though, Paula said she's got some big announcements just around the corner.

"I'm doing so many things, I can't wait to tell you," she said. "I've been such a part of helping other people realize their dreams and I've only scratched the surface with the things I want to do. I'm going to be producing my own shows, not just for television content and not just in America. I will be creating a show in Vegas. I'm going to be pretty soon announcing very big, exciting stuff with network and production companies, so I'm actually getting to do all the things that I not only wanted to do but represent who I am."

And one of those things includes getting back to her roots as a Laker Girl for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers with one of her future ventures, she revealed.

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"I'm going to be doing a project with that!" she exclaimed.

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