February 25th, 2010
11:56 AM ET

Is Paula Abdul tweeting while 'Idol'?

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Paula Abdul hasn’t really discussed “American Idol" since the new season began.

Unless, perhaps, you read more into the tweets sent out via her Twitter account.

The perky former “Idol” judge often uses Twitter to communicate with her fans, and she turned to the social networking site to announce when she and the show couldn’t reach an agreement to bring her back for season nine.

The singer/dancer often shares her inspirational thoughts with the masses. Lately she has been tweeting words of wisdom such as, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" and "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."

Could this be Abdul’s way of letting the tweeple know that she’s over it and moved on?

Could be. On February 20 she tweeted “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Straight up.

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  1. yawn

    AI has always been pretty bad.. it's guilty pleasure tv.. and it's just not the same without paula's manic outbursts.. i think this will be the final season. without paula it's bad. can't even imagine how much more painful to watch it would be without simon. love ellen but she does not fit. same w/ stern, gene simmons, etc.. the chemistry just never will be the same.. until xfactor comes on of course!

    February 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SCOTT

    this year sucks

    February 28, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chris

    The judges selected these girls who can't sing it s was the worst of group have seen on the ladies night,a mean its like the are at a class and its there first session of a voice training class.It was all these judges that put them in,there are girls there can could really sing well the guys were much better am just dying to see another show looking to see paula and simon soon.

    February 27, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. j.n.

    TWEET http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N6Ae-AXXbw

    February 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sylvie

    Paula is missed, it seems all 4 judges always repeat the same comments, Helen waits to see what the others will say and agrees with it.. I actually don't think they need 4 judges it takes too long to hear all these comments and they're always the same ! Paula was the only one that stood up to Simon, they all seem scared of him, It's missing some action really..

    February 26, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. michele


    you took the words right out of my mouth

    """"Putting Ellen beside Simon and Kara at the end of the table is a good idea. If Simon and Ellen were sitting beside each other, the show might improved.

    Kara needs to go. She is always watching the camera's, and wants to be NUMBER ONE. She needs to go back singing or what ever she did prior."""""

    As for Randy...i don't find him annoying at all...at least he isn't looking for spotlight or ratings etc..he's there to do his job...and always seems to be the 3rd party with simon and paula...i would hate to see Randy leave...the yo's and dawgs are much better than Kara's bloody BS....

    February 26, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Str8 Outta Tx

    yeah. i had also never heard the expression "jump the shark." i just didnt want to sound stupid by asking. too young to know much about happy days either. im 19

    February 26, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Simon and Ellen

    So far this session, there is no one that can really sing, compared to the last session. I am really disappointed in the show this year.

    Putting Ellen beside Simon and Kara at the end of the table is a good idea. If Simon and Ellen were sitting beside each other, the show might improved.

    Kara needs to go. She is always watching the camera's, and wants to be NUMBER ONE. She needs to go back singing or what ever she did prior.

    But there is Randy.....he says the same thing over and over again. Listen to him next time. He disn't really give honest input to the singers. But there is Simon...he is always great. He is totally honest, and wants to find the best singer in American. He is very sincere in his position as a judge. Don't change Simon keep it up. You are doing just find.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. michele


    Kara is trying wayyyyyy to hard to act like Paula...getting all smoochy with Simon etc....every time its her turn to speak i mute the TV...i'm not kidding...Kara is not about the show...she looks for the camera constantly.....and i notice every time she speaks...Simon becomes so bored and rolls his eyes...if it was Paula beside him he would be smiling and giggling and being more enthuastic....HOWEVER...i really think the show needs to put Ellen beside Simon and Kara at the end of the table....i do beleive if Simon and Ellen were sitting beside each other they would bring some humor into the poor show....

    February 26, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gary

    Robin – I'll bet you a million bucks AI will beat the Olympics next week, as the Olympics end on Sunday..Duh

    February 26, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Truthi

    The shows good...it has too many fans (perhaps out of sheer habit) to die a boring death. Never mind whether Paula was good or bad...she had her days, both good & bad and that was Paula! She & her quirky antics were part of AI, like it or not! That said, give this year a chance...its gonna be good!

    February 26, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. ola

    l miss paula pls

    February 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ola

    l miss paula ,

    February 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sherri

    Say what you want about Paula. I miss her. Kara is trying too hard to act like Paula always did, and it glaringly shows, making her just look ridiculous.

    February 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robin

    American Idol is a joke and they should be ashamed to waste hours on this horrible talent. From Kelly Clarkson, Rueben, Clay Aiken, Jordan, David Cook, Carrie Underwood to Jennifer Hudson and the list goes on and on! AMERICAN IDOL NEEDS TO BE CANCELED FOR DISPLAYING SUCH TRASH IN LAST TWO DAYS!!!! IT IS AN INSULT TO PAST WINNERS AND CONTESTANTS!!! I BET YOU THEY WILL NOT BEAT OUT THE OLYMPICS NEXT WEEK!

    February 25, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. CP

    Everybody sucks tihs season. What were the judges thinking? There were so many others that were so much better, like Angela Martin! But she has been blessed for bigger and better things! Good for her! Who's getting voted off? I would care if "ALL" of them went home!

    February 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Hawaii

    They should have an American idol Old Fart. Might get more laughs. The American idol program was painful to watch and I won't be watching anymore. They were ALL horrible.

    February 25, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Phil Dikeman

    Forget it...the Olympics are on...that's REAL talent

    February 25, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Michael

    Thanks, Todd! I honestly had never heard of it, what a cool expression!

    February 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  20. James

    what a dumb, non-story. CNN needs to fire Lisa Respers France- ASAP. What a waste of 30 seconds I'm never getting back. I thought Paula was slamming Idol- didn't think the CNN (verifiable news source) was wasting their time on Paula's drunken tweets. What a sad day for credible journalists.

    February 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Sparky T

    Say what you will will about Paula all you haters. The truth is she gave the show heart and pizzaz. The proof? She is gone and this year's show is snoreable and the contestants are energy suckers...they don't care because the judges don't seem to care.

    February 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dean

    I miss Paula. The other ladies are o.k. but do not have the class as does Paula. Come back and you and Simon can resume your hate/love relationship.

    February 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jason

    In response to Adam-
    I work at LAX and we have celebrities in and out all the time. Paula Abdul is one of the very few who is ALWAYS extremely nice, engaging, and goes out of her way to talk to people and sign autographs. She's beautiful inside and out! Get a life!

    February 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Michael

    Can someone please tell me what "jump the shark" means? I see it quite often in this column and have never heard the expression untl now. Thanks!

    February 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer

      Hi Michael -

      "Jump the shark" is derived from an old "Happy Days" episode in which the gang goes to Hollywood and Fonzie water-skis over a shark. It's come to mean the moment everything goes downhill. Wikipedia has a good entry on it - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_the_shark - but the best place is probably the source: http://www.tvguide.com/jumptheshark (TV Guide bought the jumptheshark.com site more than a year ago.) – Editor

      February 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Simon

    She was a nightmare, she really was.

    February 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jake

    I hate to say this but I actually am missing her this year.

    February 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  27. jmiller

    Paula was smart to leave AI. Last night was beyond pitiful. Not ONE could sing! I am definitely not going to torture myself watching anymore AI. This is the first time I didn't vote for anyone! I bet there vote count was way low. Producers: don't change a winning formula, you did and now you pay for it.

    February 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Wendy

    I thought Paula was great back in the 80's and 90's. Idol is on it's way out...I will probably watch the new X Factor with Simon and Paula, I have to admit. Simon really needs to act more enthused...he knows this is his last year and he looks bored at times!

    February 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Str8 outta TX

    with paula went much of the musical talent and knowledge. with simon goes the show.
    need to get a show for aspiring rappers.
    just my opinion. if you dont like rap you wouldnt have to watch it obviously. dont knock it though. this is MY opinion.

    February 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Katae

    Paula is missed. She was a little ditzy, but she definitely has that star power that is missing from the cast of judges now. The current four judges are soooo b-o-r-i-n-g. I also turned off the show before it ended last night. In my opinion the producers made a big mistake letting Paula go. So far the 2010 season is a big Yawn.

    February 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  31. mam

    Anyone else think Paula received a "daily words of wisdom" calendar for Christmas?

    February 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  32. mark

    If it wasn't for Kelly Clarkson, Idol would have never made it to the 2nd season. Imagine If Justin Whats his name had won. Idol has peaked, we all knew it was only a matter of time. Ellen is no Paula, who was the only actual "Idol" on the show. With Simon leaving, no need to stick a fork in it, It's Done!

    February 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  33. jim

    We all kind of rag on this show year after year, yet last night AI again beat the Olympics in the ratings. And for all of Paula's quirkiness, maybe she added alot more value to the show than we all realize. Is it possible that if she was still a judge, would the talent this year been any better? I agree with Nicole and Cindie.

    February 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Kim R

    Going out on a limb here but I do not miss Paula. Her behaviour (under some sort of influence) was bad enough but her advice to the kids was so off beat. I mean, she really had to know she was on the way out when she thought one of the contestants had actually sung twice! I like Kara very much and I think Ellen is doing a good job. The judging table is more sensible now. These kids are up there singing to win and they need to know the judges are actually listening to them not lolling around at the table. Move on Paula!

    February 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  35. art

    The show simply fails to connect and it's nastiness is boring. The way it ignores real talent is beyond desperate.The show's played out folks, move on. Not a lot of mileage to be got out of this one.

    February 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Marilyn

    I'm so tired of American Idol, I gave up on it 4 Seasons ago and haven't missed it yet. . .

    February 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Norman

    Paula, keep going no matter what the others say. You have made it through tougher times than this. The show has run too long and maybe it was a good thing you got out when you did.

    February 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  38. JC

    Is anyone really buying these "tweets"....it sounds like one liners from a self help book or somthing. On the real though...I LOVE PUALA ABDUL....constant source of entertainment and NO ONE can deny how freakin SWEET her album was back in the nineties. FOREVER OUR GIRL PAULA!

    February 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Beth

    I have watched the women and men perform and guess what...both groups are bad. I can't believe that any of them made it to the top 24! I don't miss Paula carrying on with Simon as it got really old...remember when she forgot she'd already seen someone perform...was she drunk or on drugs!!!!? Probably will tune in later just to see who wins but no big deal to miss the weekly programs...this will be Idols last year I bet!

    February 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Matt

    I can see the future, Idol will be cancelled and a similar show on another network will capture the AI audience, the judging panel will be headlined by the great Howard Stern. This new show will compete directly with Simon's X-Factor but ultimately STERN RULES!!

    February 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Cindie

    Jump the shark indeed – the singers are awful!!!! out of all those thousands of auditions – this is what they came up with? Casey will be the next Idol – he's the only one who has a chance – Ellen, awful, DeGaurdio – awful she needs to go! Paula is missed – I predict this is the last year of Idol or the start of the decline – and Simon looks so bored! why do the show Simon if you're so bored with it? I can't bear to watch it this year – turned if off last night before show ended.

    February 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  42. nicole

    wow, like seriously! i write those words on my facebook all the time and am i giving out perosnal hints that im over something?! no thats just the way i feel about things. i think this article i so overrated! the show is nothing without paula... after 9 years, it just won't be the same:)

    February 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  43. frankie

    Will someone explain to me why a cocky guy who can't sing nearly as much as he can flex his muscles and use the show as a self-pity party can go through even after his dad leaked his top 24 status to the press but a guy who can really sing is suddenly removed from the top 24 just because he once had a contract that expired and he didn't mention it...AND he is far more deserving of a pity party with his upbringing...

    February 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Steve

    As much as I don't miss Paula (she really is old news), I agree that the talent this years is pretty weak. I think Fox should do just what they always do when a show doesn't meet expectations: They should cancel it in mid-season and re-run the first season of "24". I've seen it twice and would still be more interesting than watching Kara go ga- ga over a guy 10 years her junior then apologize to her husband on national TV. Gimme a freakin' break!

    February 25, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Get serious

    did you say tweet or twit???

    February 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  46. berto

    wow this show is sooo boring

    February 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  47. MidwestGal33333

    Did the judges forget that THEY are the ones who put these sleepers through? It's jumped the shark.

    February 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  48. David

    This has got to be the worst season for all around talent. The other night the women were horrible, but last night proved to be confirmation that I may have lost faith in the show.

    February 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Adam

    Paula is such a has been ! Look at that mug of hers, a little too much "bondo" from the auto body shop. If she stood next to a radiator she would melt. Had the displeasure of meeting her at LAX airport. She was ultra rude to the security people. I told myu friend out loud so she could hear me, "Didn't she used to be somebody?" You shoulda seen the look on her face ! Simon Cowell on the other hand was ultra polite and very, very nice to everyone around when I met him.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  50. RG

    I'd surely like to know how she enjoyed Andrew Garcia's FANTASTC version of her song "Straight Up".

    February 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Head Diva In Charge

    Paula and Simon will rekindle their dysfunctional relationship on "X Factor" and all will be right in the world.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |

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