American Idol Returns Tuesday... but Will Paula?

I know I should feel bad when I see someone who’s clearly suffering from a substance abuse problem, but I just can’t when it’s Paula Abdul because she continuously denies that she’s on something. When you watch these two clips, it’s apparent that ole girl is nipping at the sherry or playing Miss Pacman with the pills. Between the swaying, bobbing and slurring, she’s just not sober! There’s no way in hell.

And because I love lame the excuses publicist make for their clients (aka the bad lies they tell), I cracked the heck up when her publicist issued a statement saying it was “much ado about nothing” and flatly denied that she was drinking or under the influence of drugs. He blamed the fact that she did 20 interviews that day and said: "This is the only one that went bad due to technical difficulties. The sound dropped not once but twice. She was totally distracted by the whole thing."

Too bad there are two different interviews (so far!) and she’s acting the same way both. Even the anchor was like WTF? One actually asked her if she always sways and squirms around like that. How embarrassing!

The bigger question here is... Is Paula going to be back on American Idol this season. The show starts on Tuesday with the footage from the auditions and there will be a few weeks until she actually has to sit as a judge in live shows and try to be coherent. Maybe she’ll be shipped to Promises Malibu for a few weeks to get sober?

Definitely watch these videos. Again, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It’s Courtney Love style – times two.

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