By Jennifer Armstrong
Updated July 21, 2009 at 04:53 PM EDT

A Twitter campaign is fighting to make sure Paula Abdul returns to American Idol next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After her manager said publicly that she might not return to TV’s biggest hit as a judge — which she’s been since it began in 2002 — fans started the #keepaula group on Twitter. Abdul, meanwhile, thanked them for their support on her own Twitter page: “If it weren’t for you, this specific time and situation would feel a lot worse! xoP,” she wrote. Her manager, David Sonenberg, has said she’s yet to receive a new contract, even though auditions begin Aug. 6 for season 9, which airs in January.