With news that Paula Abdul won’t be returning for the season 9 of American Idol after her manager stated that Abdul has not received a new contract proposal, fans are now launching a campaign to keep Paula as judge on the singing competition. Where better to launch a campaign than on Twitter?
Aside from fans, former American Idol contestants joined the #keepaula campaign on Twitter and at the Idol Internet forums. Since 2002, Paula has been a judge of the show. She took to her own Twitter page to thank everyone for the support, saying “If it weren’t for you, this specific time and situation would feel a lot worse! xoP.”
The fate of Kara DioGuardi, who only joined the judges table last year, also remains uncertain, but the news of Paula Abdul not being a part of the show has sought more negative reactions compared to Kara’s situation. Simon Cowell even talked to Extra saying that he wants Abdul back, but said “I don’t get a lot of say. I’ve just made it clear that I want Paula on the show.”
19 Entertainment and Fremantle Media co-produces American Idol. Fox only broadcasts the show, but Idol producers are responsible for contract negotiations. Just last week, the same Idol execs renewed host Ryan Seacrest’s contract for $15 million/year for the next three years.
Some people from the media believe that Paula’s manager talked publicly about Abdul’s Idol future as part of a negotiation strategy to ask for a raise as well. Of all the judges, only Randy Jackson is safe from this mess since his existing contract has still 2 seasons to go before it expires on 2011.