Paula Abdul Looking to Return to Idol

Paula Abdul is taking a hard look at returning to her American Idol judging post, which she abandoned earlier this month, MSNBC reports.

According to a source, the very high-profile—but ultimately fruitless—campaign to recruit Abdul onto ABC’s Dancing With the Stars made Fox rethink Abdul’s value to the singing competition.

However, Paula isn’t adjusting her self-perceived value any, and is holding firm on scoring a big-money deal on a par with her Idol co-stars.

“Paula isn’t lowering her price in any meaningful way. She wants a Seacrest-level deal,” the source says. (Idol host Ryan Seacrest recently re-upped with the show for a three-year deal worth $45 million.)

So how can this stalemate be overcome? Several sources close to the negotiations say that Fox may offer a deal in which Abdul only appears on the live shows, allowing them to offer less than she wants but decreasing her time commitment to the show.

Well, some Paula Abdul is better than no Paula Abdul.

Let us know in the comments section: Do you think Fox will ultimately cave and give in to Paula Abdul’s salary demands?