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Four days after the news she won’t be returning for a ninth season on “American Idol,” it seems network ABC has already begun courting Paula Abdul for a spot on their talent show hit, “Dancing With the Stars.”

Talking with reporters during the Television Critics Association summer press tour today in Los Angeles, ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson expressed his desire to bring 47 year-old Abdul onto the show, either as a contestant or judge. Described as a long-time friend of Abdul’s by Variety.com, McPherson says he made a call to Abdul shortly after news of her departure surfaced, though no kind of formal agreement has yet been reached.

“All possibilities are open,” says McPherson, suggesting the former choreographer would perform equally well as a performer or possible replacement for “DWTS” judge Len Goodman, who’s currently recovering from prostate cancer. Discussing her abrupt departure from “Idol” McPherson said, “I was a little stunned. There’s a sensitivity and emotion to [Paula] that balances out ‘Idol.’ I’d love to get a piece of that.”

Unfortunately, McPherson isn’t the only one who thinks Abdul would be a perfect fit on a televised dance competition. Speaking with reporters during a TCA panel on Thursday, “So You Think You Can Dance” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe expressed his desire to keep Paula on Fox. “I’ve been trying to get her since season one,” said Lythgoe. “I spoke to [Paula] yesterday morning. We didn’t talk about the negotiations. That’s a private issue. We’re going to Vegas for season six this weekend and she’s coming out to meet me and we’re going to talk about what opportunities are out there.”

Indeed, it’s beginning to look like if anyone missed an opportunity with Paula Abdul this summer, it was “American Idol.”