By Adam B. Vary
Updated July 07, 2009 at 05:33 AM EDT

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.