Paula Abdul On Her ‘American Idol' Future: ‘Don't Know What I'm Going To Do'

"American Idol" wrapped up its last night of competition Tuesday night – but is judge Paula Abdul wrapping up her time with the FOX reality competition?

Access's Laura "Dish of Salt" Saltman caught up with Paula backstage at The Nokia Theatre following Tuesday's showdown between Adam Lambert and Kris Allen to find out what lies ahead for the longtime "Idol" judge.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: 'Straight Up' Photos Of Paula Abdul!

"Is this night bittersweet for you?" Laura asked. "Your contract is up and this could be your final season if you don't re-sign."

"My final bow? You know, we'll see what happens," Paula said. "They've welcomed me and want me to stay the duration of all the seasons. I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm taking my time on this. I've got to explore some."

VIEW THE PHOTOS: 'American Idol's' Season 8 Two-Night Season Finale

"I am blessed and privileged to be a part of this unbelievable, talent making machine," she added.

Paula might not know if she'll be back for next season, but according to fellow judge Simon Cowell, everyone is expected to return to the judges table.

As previously reported on, during an appearance earlier this month on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the British judge said, "I think certainly next year everyone's going to be back."

Related Content from
VIEW THE PHOTOS: 'American Idol's' Season 8's Top Ten Visit The Access Hollywood Set
PLAY IT NOW: Dish Of Salt: Season Eight 'Idol' Finale Backstage (May 19, 2009)
PLAY IT NOW: Dish Of Salt: Former 'Idol' Contestants Give Their Finale Predictions (May 19, 2009)

MORE ACCESS ON THESE TOPICS: American Idol - Kris Allen - Adam Lambert - Dish Of Salt - Paula Abdul

Copyright NBCAH - Access Hollywood
Contact Us