03/16/2010 at 12:00 AM EDT
Once, Paula Abdul
was the queen of American Idol
. Soon, she may be the competition.
Abdul, 47, is finalizing a deal to help ABC launch a new version of Star Search
, the classic TV talent contest from the '80s, according to Entertainment Weekly
. The network isn't commenting, but Abdul would reportedly juggle a combination of hosting and judging duties for the show, which could debut this summer.
The original Star Search
, hosted by Ed McMahon
, ran in syndication from 1983 until 1995 and featured comedy, modeling and dancing as well as singing. It featured performances by many future stars, including Beyoncé
, Justin Timberlake
and Britney Spears
in the early '90s. A revival on CBS in 2003, hosted by Arsenio Hall
, fizzled after just two seasons, though a young David Archuleta
was the junior vocal champion in 2003.
Abdul left American Idol
last August after eight seasons. --Tim Nudd
Tell us: Would you watch Paula Abdul on Star Search? Is it a good idea to bring the show back?