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There has been much speculation on who will replace Oprah Winfrey as the queen of the daytime talk show. Paula Abdul wants to be in the running. “I have really great ideas,” Paula tells Extra yesterday from her cousin’s new store, Tweak 99.

Paula, 47, says 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 says. “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, Extra reports.

“I feel I would be really good at it. I have the ability to connect with people on a level,” Paula explains. “I’ve proven to pierce the heartstrings, but also to be celebratory and bring out the best in people.”

Paula has the utmost respect for Oprah, calling her a “phenomenon” who “broke barriers and let the path for other women to be empowered.”

“Like American Idol, there’s a place and time that makes history. That’s Oprah,” she continues.

Now that Ellen DeGeneres is joining the American Idol judges table, it would seem fitting for Paula to start up her own talk show.

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