IT’S A BIG GAM­BLE FOR PAULA

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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.’’

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