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Paula uncertain about new ‘Idol’ judge

Paula Abdul’s reign as the lone female voice on “American Idol’s” judging panel is over, and she’s not convinced that’s such a good idea.

Following the announcement that Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi would pull up a chair and join her, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell at the big table, Paula took to the airwaves to give her take on the turn of events

“I am concerned about the audience and acceptance,” the singer-choreographer told KISS FM’s Johnjay & Rich. “Time will tell. We’ll see.”

While the show’s executive producer, Simon Fuller, confidently announced that Kara “will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show,” the resident softy remained unconvinced.

“They always tried for a fourth judge because it followed the format of the original show, ‘Pop Idol,’” Paula said. “We haven’t had much luck with that working, but we’re going to give it another try.”

Paula’s biggest concern seems to be that an extra judge could mean less power for her and more for her on-screen nemesis, Simon.

“That’s going to be weird if it’s a split decision,” she said. “I’m sure Simon will get to make the final (judgment). … (But that) takes the fun out of all the hard work I do to push those kids through.”

Madonna and Guy don’t see eye to eye
Just because he accompanies Madonna to religious services doesn’t mean Guy Ritchie shares her faith. In an interview with the Observer, Guy admits, despite his wife’s high-profile role in Kabbalah, he’s not a follower.

“I like to think I’m an objective guy,” the “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” director told the paper. “I have sympathies with many philosophies, and I think it’d be a mistake to be a follower of anything, really.”

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Guy denies that the spiritual rift, or any other problems rumored to plague the couple, causes friction for him and Madonna.

“I just think any intelligent human being has to remain, if you can, objective,” he said. “I like the idea that everyone’s free to think what it is they think as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.”

Cher could be the next Catwoman
If the Joker blew you away, wait until you see what Christopher Nolan has planned for the next installment of the “Batman” saga. According to the Telegraph, the director hopes to cast Cher in the role of lead villainess Catwoman.

“Cher is Nolan’s first choice to play Catwoman,” an unnamed studio executive revealed. “He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years. The new Catwoman will be the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry’s purring creations.”

Dish on the flyParis Hilton took a break from shilling her new hair extensions to inform People magazine that despite rumors to the contrary, she and Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden are still a hot item. “People always make things up,” the celebutante insisted. “We’ve never fought in our lives, and we get along better than any other couple I know.” … Building on his band’s anti-rock persona, Chris Martin recently revealed that the members of Coldplay like to spend some quality time together around the sewing machine. “Making clothes together in our studio makes us feel complete,” Chris admitted to the Daily Mirror. “We probably sound like a group of grannies in a knitting circle, but it’s the truth and it gives us some control over our visual identity.”

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines.

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