Access Hollywood.com's Laura "Dish of Salt" Saltman caught up with Paula backstage at The Nokia Theatre following Tuesday's showdown between Adam Lambert and Kris Allen to find out what lies ahead for the longtime "Idol" judge.
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"Is this night bittersweet for you?" Laura asked. "Your contract is up and this could be your final season if you don't re-sign."
"My final bow? You know, we'll see what happens," Paula said. "They've welcomed me and want me to stay the duration of all the seasons. I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm taking my time on this. I've got to explore some."
"I am blessed and privileged to be a part of this unbelievable, talent making machine," she added.
Paula might not know if she'll be back for next season, but according to fellow judge Simon Cowell, everyone is expected to return to the judges table.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, during an appearance earlier this month on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the British judge said, "I think certainly next year everyone's going to be back."
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