Paula Abdul // American Music Awards 2009 Portrait Room

Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul thinks she can be the next Oprah now that the talk show queen will end her reign after next year.

“I have really great ideas,” Abdul told Extra Monday. Abdul, 47, said she hopes to do a talk show in the next two to three years. “It would be fun and quirky and it would be insightful,” she said. “It would be fun to jam with the band and have amazing guests and introduce amazing different formats on the show.”

The Grammy winner is confident in the potential project.”I feel I would be really good at it. I have the ability to connect with people on a level,” Abdul explained. “I’ve proven to pierce the heartstrings, but also to be celebratory and bring out the best in people.”

Abdul respects Winfrey and calls her a “phenomenon” who “broke barriers and let the path for other women to be empowered.” She added, “Like ‘American Idol,’ there’s a place and time that makes history. That’s Oprah.”

Here are portraits of lots of celebrities, including Paula, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Keri Hilson, Jennifer Lopez, Adam Lambert and more all taken in the portrait room at the Nokia Theater during the 2009 American Music Awards Sunday night (Nov 22) in Los Angeles. Continue reading to check them all!

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