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Paula Abdul: On Simon’s Dirty Laundry

Paula Abdul was a presenter at last night’s 64th Annual Tony Awards so when she stopped by the gifting lounge, Radaronline.com grabbed her for some questions about what’s been going on with her now that a full season of American Idol has gone by without her and she has announced plans for her own dance competition show to air next year.

On who should replace Simon: “Honestly, the word replacement for Simon does not apply. As we all know they broke the mold after Simon and he could never be replaced. We should use a new word like—what will new show consist of?”

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On her new dance show: “I’m beyond excited. Right now I’m going through unbelievable talent and hiring amazing talent to make the magic happen.”

On Bret Michaels joining American Idol: “I think Bret would be awesome at it because you have to have great passion in life for music and a great vocabulary of music, be able to understand the greatness that inspires you along the way and have someone that really understands what it’s like for young people . If Brett were to get the position, he would fit the mold.”

On missing Simon: “All I can say is that I never had brothers in my life so Randy and Simon were my brothers. Simon was the brother I never asked to have and what was wonderful about it was we developed an amazing friendship. I miss laughing with him. We would provoke each other, laugh hysterically and make each other laugh at the worst moments!”