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Suddenly Skinny: Paula Abdul Opens Up About Her Post-'Idol' Weight Loss

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Paula Abdul has always been pretty petite, but it seems the former "American Idol" judge has popped plenty of pounds since bowing out of the hit show in August.

The pop princess showed off a super, super slim body in a form-fitting long black dress that she could barely move in at the American Music Awards on Sunday, recruiting an entourage of six to help hold her trail and scurry around the show.

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But Abdul insisted that her sudden weight loss was all in good health with no mention of post-'Idol' stress and trauma.

"First and foremost I've had the ability to have time to have a schedule that allows me to take care of myself and dance and workout," Abdul explained backstage. "It's been great, but now I'm back to work."

On the note of work, the 47-year-old remained pretty tight-lipped on her upcoming projects (apparently she gets to "wear a lot of hats" and be creative again), although she made it clear she has very much distanced herself from the musical franchise that made her a reality TV sensation.

"Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Adam Lambert... I feel like a proud... a proud relative. I'm not going to do the mommy factor," Abdul added. "It's very exciting, the show really has allowed bonafide superstars to emerge."

And given the last few months of "Idol" controversy, it comes as no surprise that Abdul is looking for a little quiet time this holiday season.

"I'm going to go away and throw the phone away," she said.

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