American Idol judge shocks Seattle viewers

Oh, dear. What’s happened to Paula Abdul?

The American Idol judge called off all her interviews last week after she appeared on a Seattle news show and didn’t seem to be feeling quite right.

The video – in which Paula, 44, slurs, rolls her eyes and sways about, appeared on YouTube on Thursday, prompting speculation that alcohol or medication were to blame. She subsequently abandoned media engagements that were scheduled for Friday.

However, her spokesman Jeff Ballard insists tiredness was the cause of her odd behavior.

He says: ‘She was exhausted. This was at the end of three days of press interviews, and she has had cameras following her around for a reality TV show too.

‘She was sitting in a room with just a camera and a mic on, and the controllers dropped the sound twice, which is why she rolled her eyes.

‘She never drinks. I have known Paula Abdul since she was 13, and I have never seen her drink ever in my life. And no, she is not on any kind of medication. She was a little tired.’

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