Report: Paula Abdul to Host Star Search Remake

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Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul is said to be "finalizing a deal" to star in a new version of Star Search, the '80s-era talent show hosted by Ed McMahon.

Hope her contract includes open bar.

Slated for Summer 2010, the Star Search reboot is said to feature Abdul serving as a combination judge and host, although details are still being worked out.

ABC, which is said to be developing the show, did not comment to Entertainment Weekly, which first reported the news about the recently departed Idol staple.

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Rumors suggesting Paula was headed for Dancing With the Stars as well as Idol frenemy Simon Cowell's upcoming X Factor series have also circulated recently.

The original Star Search wasn't just for singers: actors, comedians and models vied to win the competition. So basically, it's like Britain's / America's Got Talent.

One alum of the long-running show: Britney Spears.

What do you think of a revamped Star Search and the idea of Paula on board? Do we really need more shows like this - and is she the right person to host one?

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Paula Abdul Biography

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Paula Abdul Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

The producers come up to us in the dark and said, 'We are not going to have you guys judge after each performer, we are going to have all the performers go once, then twice and at the end critique them.'

Paula Abdul [on her mistake of judging an American Idol performance that hadn't taken place]