IT’S A BIG GAMBLE FOR PAULA
ANDREW Gunsberg isn’t the only person with a lot riding on the success of Live to Dance.
The dance talent show is Paula Abdul’s first major television venture since she quit American Idol in 2009.
Abdul, who had been earning as much as $5 million per season as a judge on Idol, reportedly wanted $20 million to return.
Producers bucked and replaced the 48-year-old singer and dancer with Ellen DeGeneres.
Abdul has multiple roles on Live to Dance— head judge, executive producer and creative partner, as well as mentor and coach to the dance hopefuls.
‘‘ She (Abdul) is a lovely woman and incredibly hard working,’’ Gunsberg says.
‘‘ Man, she works hard. She makes me look like a lazy bum.’’
Abdul is keen to bring an uplifting message of positivity and support on Live to Dance.
‘‘ We’re not there to just judge and criticise,’’ Abdul told the New York Daily News recently.
‘‘ We’re there to lend our expertise and also inspire them to keep pushing and stretching the boundaries of where the comfort zone is.’’