Paula Abdul: What's up with her?

94211__paula_lUnder the category of ”And you’re just noticing this now?”, New York’s Daily News has a story discussing the loopy on-air behavior exhibited this season by American Idol judge Paula Abdul — and the fact that fans have been discussing her ”Glaaaadiator!” moments on message boards all over the Internet. Now I’m not sure Paula’s behaving much differently than she has for Idol‘s previous four seasons, but I’ll say this:

I’m not especially bothered by her hyper-positive non-critiques (read between the lines, and you can figure out which performances she actually enjoyed). What irks me is how the ”Straight Up” singer consistently, rudely interrupts the program’s only coherent panelist, Simon Cowell. Hey, rude lady, let the British dude have his say!

Or else, as I’ve suggested before, swap Paula and Randy’s seats, so she won’t be able to get all up in Simon’s space. Any other suggestions for improving the Idol judging process — short of a tranquilizer gun?

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  • Kim

    I completely agree. Paula has been on my nerves for the last few seasons and especially this one. Every time Simon gives his opinion and Paula doesn’t like it, she rudely interrupts him and acts confrontational. It is annoying, unprofessional, and downright rude!! PLEASE replace her with somebody who has their head screwed on right and can give an honest critique.

  • Ann

    I have to say that on Wednesday, when Kevin and Bucky were the final two, Paula gave the most lucid and meaningful speech she has ever made on Idol. But, other than that, she is incredibly annoying whenever Simon speaks. So, yes, please move her.

  • Maya

    Agreed! Switch Paula and Randy. That way, Paula can’t just repeat what Randy said, *and* she can’t interrupt Simon. The only time she was vaguely coherent was when she went first at some point this finals season. I do enjoy her seal clapping though — it’s like she just painted her nails and wants to keep them from touching anything. Or she learned how to clap at Sea World. I missed the melon-moth-cornflake episode — is it somewhere online? I think she’s utterly useless as an actual judge but great as a morale-booster, which, when you’re Bucky, is nice to have around.

  • daisyj

    Well no, now that you’ve taken the tranquilizer gun option off the table…

  • nessa

    I want to punch her in the face when she interupts Simon. She is so obnoxious it drives me nuts. I have never understoofd why she is a judge on a “singing” competition – she was never that good of a singer…”rush. rush” anyone?

  • lucilia

    Paula has been loopy since day 1. Actually I’d say this season she’s been the “most” normal so far. Anyone who has ever watched the show knows to just ignore Paula’s comments.

  • Steven

    I think Paula and Randy should switch seats. Heaven forbid the woman has to formulate an opinion of her own.

  • stephanie

    Paula was never a good singer. She was too nasaly for my taste. She is just there to comfort the kids. Simon and Randy know what they are talking about, but does Simon sing? I don’t think so.

  • Brad

    I think it’s time for Paula to go and be replaced with Janice Dickinson !! She is, and always will be, the ultimate reality tv judge.

  • Elizabeth

    My opinion is that the producers push her to act that way so everyone keeps talking about it.

  • Joe C

    I’ve said it before; Paula should be replaced by Debbie Gibson. She like Paula is a very POSITIVE person, but unlike Paula, despite the fact that her music was just as lame as the Straight Up Girl, at least Debbie could sing. It’ll never happen, though; Fox won’t mess with the chemistry.

  • dma69

    Paula does seem more loopy this year. She must’ve borrowed some of that “bliss” from Daniel Franco of Project Runway.

  • H

    I think Randy and Paula should switch seats with two random audience members, who would likely have more coherent and relevant things to say.

  • Brian

    Paula and Randy, but mostly Paula, are jsut annoying and have no reat insight. Randy thinks if he punctuates his sentences with “Dawg” that he is really saying something. I think in many ways he is just the “token black guy” which does both him and the audience a disservice. And Paula seems to make the whole goal of her presence to slop sugar on the contestants and send daggers at Simon. At least with Simon there is actual criticism, when you are good you are good, when you are bad you are bad, when you are mediocre you are mediocre and he doesn’t mince words he just lays it out there. My idea is get rid of randy and paula and have rotating guest judges every week.

  • ftworthbabe

    Instead of Janice Dickenson, let’s bring back FAYE DUNAWAY- so she can say again– “DON’T CALL US, WE’LL CALL YOU!”

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