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Paula Abdul, American Idol

Michael Becker/FOX

All Paula Abdul can do now is sit back and laugh.

The former American Idol judge is wishing her old show and its wisecrackin' new judge lots of luck.

Yup, that's her story and she's sticking to it.

"American Idol is a fantastic show that offers an invaluable platform to young talent," Abdul, who announced in July that she was leaving Idol after eight seasons, said Thursday.

"Ellen DeGeneres is wildly funny and talented in her own right. I wish her and the show only the best of luck."

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In this busiest of off-seasons, we're starting to itch for some Idol. Let's look at some highlights from the 2009 finale to take the edge off.