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'Star Search' Finds Paula Abdul?

Paula Abdul might once again be looking for new singing talent. The former "American Idol" judge is reportedly near to a deal to headline an updated version of "Star Search."

Paula Abdul

Sources tell Entertainment Weekly that the former Laker Girl could be doing double-duty as host and judge. An ABC rep refused to comment.

The network has been working toward getting Abdul involved in some capacity, with an initial (but failed) attempt to have her join "Dancing with the Stars." It isn't clear whether her potential "Star Search" gig would interfere with her possibly appearing as a judge on former colleague Simon Cowell's forthcoming US version of his UK monster hit, "The X Factor," slated to debut on FOX in the fall of 2011.

"I'm having the best time of my life right now," Abdul said after leaving "American Idol" last year. "I'm getting back to be that creative girl. I wore many hats, choreographer, doing that again, recording still. I'll always be mentoring young talent, but I'm acting, recurring role on 'Drop Dead Diva,' producing a new TV shows. I'm excited."

The original "Star Search" premiered in 1983 with host Ed McMahon, and was popular through the '80s and '90s. An attempt by CBS to revive it in 2003 with host Arsenio Hall didn't work out and the show was cancelled in 2004.