Former American Idol pundit Paula Abdul is returning to the judges’ table — this time as part of a new primetime dance competition series on CBS.
The noted choreographer and former professional cheerleader will be lead judge, executive producer, creative partner, mentor, and coach on Got to Dance, a performance series based on the hit UK talent show of the same name, The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.
CBS suits are expected to announced the move this week.
The show — picked up by CBS in March — is billed as broadcast’s first all-ages, all-genres dance series — “from ballroom to break dance, bhangra to ballet, and tap to tango.” Dance acts will compete for a panel of judges, with viewers getting to vote for their favorites during the semi-finals and finals.
The gig is the singer’s first major role since leaving the panel of American Idol in the middle of a salary dispute with FOX. She was replaced by Ellen DeGeneres last fall, but is expected to appear on the show’s Season 9 finale this week to pay tribute to exiting judge Simon Cowell.