EXCLUSIVE: Paula Abdul Would Be I nterested in Being a Mentor on ABC's 'American Idol'
By Liz Calvario
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Paula Abdul could see herself returning to American Idol, but not as a judge.
ET's Nischelle Turner sat down with the 54-year-old singer ahead of the Los Angeles stop of the Total Package Tour to get her take on the ABC reboot of the singing competition and Katy Perry's reported $25 million contract.
"Good for her!" the "Straight Up" singer said, adding, "Let's just put it on record. I was not getting paid $25 million dollars."
For Now, Abdul is focused on her tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, which kicked off last month and goes through July (tickets available here). "I was so nervous," she said of when she first signed on. "But I love a challenge and I thrive on that. I missed being out there and connecting with my fans and doing what I was born to do."
And the singer can't get enough of the throwback vibes. "People are saying this is like the happiest, nostalgic trip down memory lane. The entire audience of 15,000 people are singing every word and it's hysterical," she shared. "I've seen fans that are holding up their ticket stubs from the Under My Spell Tour from 25 years ago and it's incredible."
When asked if he could return to Idol, he joked that the producers wanted him to host. "They wanted me to take Ryan Seacrest's job, because they said 'Look man, look, you got it. You know how to do it, dog,'” he said of the singing competition’s former host, who is currently a co-host on Live With Kelly and Ryan. “I would only host with Ryan. He's my friend. You know let's see -- Kelly and Ryan, Ryan and Randy. Oh man. It's gonna work man. I feel it!
For more on Jackson's take on the American Idol reboot, watch below!