NEW YORK — They might not go home with a recording contract, but Paula Abdul doesn’t let any “American Idol” contestant leave empty-handed. Each season she designs and distributes jewelry for the aspiring singers as a keepsake of their experience.
Beginning this month, Abdul’s fans will be able to buy similar items on HSN.
“I pretty much wear my jewelry all the time now, but I end up giving it away,” she says. “I’ll take it off my wrist or neck and give it to someone who likes it.”
Abdul has made jewelry since the first season of “Idol” in 2002.
Once she saw what the contestants had to endure from critic Simon Cowell, she wanted to do something nice for them, she says. “I wanted something the kids could touch and feel to remind themselves that their talent got them here.”
She previously sold a limited jewelry collection on QVC. The new HSN Forever Your Girl line, which debuts Saturday, also includes handbags and other accessories, with a price range of $29-$200.
Among her newest pieces is a beaded leather cuff bracelet that will go to the female participants in the new season inscribed with a message to “reach for the stars.”
Abdul says she’s looking forward to welcoming her old friend and new judge Kara DioGuardi when the top-rated Fox show returns Jan. 13. “Hopefully she’ll give Simon hell,” Abdul says.
The singer-dancer-choreographer’s other plans for 2009 include her first album of new material in over a decade and a new reality TV special for MTV called “Rah! Paula Abdul’s Cheerleading Bowl.”
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