Paula Abdul to guest judge on 'Dancing with the Stars'

 Paula Abdul arrives at the 22nd Annual Environmental Media Awards in September 2012 in Burbank, California.

Story highlights

  • Paula Abdul is getting back into judging
  • She will guest judge on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"
  • She's been off the scene since leaving "The X Factor"
Paula Abdul is returning to the judges' panel — but not on a singing show. The former judge of American Idol will sit alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba on "Dancing with the Stars" Oct. 15.
"Dance has always been my first love and Dancing with the Stars epitomizes what dance can do to the human spirit," Abdul said in a pretaped package that aired during Monday's show. I've been sneaking into the show for years, and now I get to be a guest judge. It's a marriage made in dancing heaven."
Abdul's been out of work since bugging out of "The X Factor."