Inside Move: ‘Idol’ hands point Abdul to host

'Juniors' searches for singers, dancers to form group

“American Idol” star and former pop princess Paula Abdul is looking to graduate from TV judge to TV host.

Abdul is in talks with “Idol” producers 19 Television and FremantleMedia to moonlight as host on the spinoff kiddie talent skein “American Juniors.”

Abdul, who provides a soft balance to the caustic Simon Cowell on “Idol,” has served as a guest correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight.” As a recording artist, she’s sold 30 million records and won a Grammy award.

“American Juniors” will search for singers and dancers between the ages of 6 and 13 who will eventually form a five-member group. “Juniors” debuts Tuesday, June 3, with a one-hour audition seg at 8 p.m.

Skein was originally slated to launch May 27, the week after “Idol’s” finale. But insiders said the show’s producers asked to take a week off to “recharge their batteries.”

Producers were particularly conscious of the need for a rest, given that “Idol” co-exec producer Nigel Lythgoe, who holds the same title on “Juniors,” suffered a heart attack earlier this year.

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