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Paula Abdul Back on "American Idol?"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Original "American Idol" host Paula Abdul is reportedly making a comeback to the hit show -- for one episode, anyway. People.com is reporting that Abdul will appear on the season finale.

“The appearance was supposed to be a surprise for Simon,” a source said. “It’s a ratings grab. And it’s a one-time thing … She and Simon are still close.”

Simon Cowell is following Abdul out the door following this season to host a new reality competition show, "X Factor."

Abdul sat alongside Cowell and Randy Jackson for the first eight seasons of the top-rated show before a contract dispute forced her out for season 9.

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People says there are other surprises in store for Cowell's last show, including appearances by former "Idol" winners, and a performance by Christina Aguilera.