Paula Abdul has pulled out of new talent contest SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE?, to spend time promoting her other show American Idol.

Abdul will spend the time promoting American Idol's DVD after being confirmed as a judge on the next series opposite Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.

Abdul's publicist KEN SUNSHINE says, "We had not anticipated the time commitment required to successfully produce and appear. It became apparent that her prior commitments ... made it impossible to be part of this new show."

Fox Broadcasting and the producers of So You Think You Can Dance? have issued a statement saying, "(We) respect Paula's decision to step away

"We wish her all the best and look forward to working with her soon."

Abdul had planned to appear as a guest choreographer in several episodes of the new show.