Paula Abdul Returning for ‘American Idol’ Finale?

by | May 21, 2010 at 5:22 PM | American Idol, RealityTV, TV News

Paula Abdul (Photo: Kevin Parry/Getty Images)

Paula Abdul (Photo: Kevin Parry/Getty Images)

America crowns a new ‘American Idol‘ next Wednesday, as Season 9′s rocky road comes to an end.

But the big moment may very well be overshadowed (or underscored) by the reality that this is also the big goodbye to Simon Cowell, arguably the best part of the show (I know, I know, it’s supposed to be about the singing).

Simon’s send-off, which he says will, no doubt, be ‘emotional,’ is scheduled to feature former ‘Idol’ alums, as well as a performance by Christina Aguilera.

Rumor has it there will also be a special appearance by Cowell’s little buddy, former table mate Paula Abdul, a source tells PEOPLE.

In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday, Cowell admitted that the show was ‘hurt’ by the departure of loopy ex-judge Abdul.

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