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EXCLUSIVE! Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough Says, 'I Could Be The Next Paula Abdul!'

Fri, May 7, 2010 8:45pm EDT by Add first Comment

Simon Cowell’s American Idol replacement needs to be found fast! But Howie says he’s no match for cranky Cowell — he’s much more like kooky former judge Paula!

Simon Cowell’s American Idol seat is one of the most coveted jobs in Hollywood these days, but Howie Dorough, for one, doesn’t want the job: he could never be as tough as the British judge and considers himself to be more of a Paula Abdul-type!

“Simon’s shoes are pretty hard to fill, but I respect his honesty,” the 36-year-old Backstreet Boys singer told exclusively at the Lupus LA Orange Ball May 6. “I respect the way he is very witty and wordy, but I don’t think I’m there. I don’t think I’d bring much comedy or excitement to the show. But as for Paula’s shoes…maybe so!” he laughed.

Sorry, Howie — that position has already been filled by Ellen DeGeneres! Play again.

As it turns out, the singer almost signed on to appear on a different reality show — ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

“I actually got asked to do last season but unfortunately didn’t have the time,” he told us. “We were on tour and everything, but I think it’s a great show and I’m a big fan. My wife watches it all the time religiously, so I’ve really grown to like it.”

Ironically, it seems that a Backstreet Boy-backup was chosen for the show’s ninth season — band member Nick Carter’s baby bro, Aaron, was a contestant!

— Russ Weakland & Laura Schreffler

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