New American Idol drama: Paula Abdul's new manager says she might not be returning to the show for the upcoming season.

David Sonenberg began representing Abdul a few weeks back, and says he doesn't have a proposal for a new contract for Abdul. He adds that it doesn't seem she will be back.

Auditions for the ninth season of the hit Fox talent competition begin next month.

However Abdul had recently said she'd been invited to remain as a judge for the show, and was optimistic about negotiating a new contract.

Earlier this year, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said Abdul was "an integral part of the show."

[via HuffingtonPost]