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'American Idol': Paula Abdul optimistic that she will remain

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Paula Abdul has told the Associated Press that she has been invited to back to American Idol for “the duration of the show, however long it lasts,” but a new contract to stay on as an Idol judge has not yet been finalized. Her current deal expired in May after the end of the eighth season. “[Idol]’s something that I’ll always would want to be a part of,” she said.