Ever since Paula Abdul left American Idol last year, there’s been rampant speculation about the performer joining one of the other reality competition series — Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and FOX’s upcoming The X Factor.
It looks like a show is in Abdul’s future but it may be one that no one suspected. Abdul is reportedly in talks with ABC to headline a new version of Star Search.
The original Star Search ran for a dozen years in syndication, from 1983 until 1995. Hosted by Ed McMahon, the series pitted pairs (typically a champion and a challenger) of vocalists, spokesmodels, comedians, dancers, and singing groups against one another. An episode’s winner would return the following week and, if someone won several weeks, they’d move on to champion rounds.