Jordin Sparks to American Idol: Keep Paula Abdul!

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Will Paula Abdul really be let go from American Idol?

As the singer's manager speculates on his client's future, one former contestant hopes the rumor isn't true.

“Oh my gosh, they need to keep Paula,” Jordin Sparks told Extra this week. “It would be so different without her on the show."

Speaking from experience, Sparks added that the series needs Abdul's soft touch.

“If they get rid of Paula, the contestants are in for kind of a harsh reality and very, very harsh criticism because Paula is always the one that bounces back and says, ‘It’s okay. Don’t worry,’ ” the season six champion said. “She was the one who usually came back and was like, ‘Are you guys doing okay? Are you fine?’ And I definitely think they need her. She’s amazing and deserves it.”

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