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OCT
8
2 YEARS

Paula Abdul Joins 'Dancing With the Stars' as Guest Judge

The dancer-choreographer and reality TV veteran will join the show for the first time after years of sitting in the audience.

Paula Abdul X Factor premiere
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Paula Abdul will judge again.

The dancer, choreographer and pop singer, who famously judged Fox's American Idol and, for a brief time, The X Factor, is set to revisit the judges' table on Dancing With the Stars.

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Appearing in a pre-taped package during Monday's episode, Abdul announced that she'll sit in on the panel during the Oct. 15 performance show.

"I've been sneaking into the show for years, and now I get to be a guest judge," said Abdul. "It's a marriage made in dancing heaven."

Abdul has been out of a full-time TV gig since departing The X Factor during a massive retooling earlier this year.

The regular Dancing With the Stars panel -- Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli -- rarely includes guests -- though previous champs and competitors have sat in from time to time.