Paula Abdul Returns to American Idol! (VIDEO)

AMERICAN IDOL: Paula Abdul (C) surprises Candice Glover (R) and Ryan Seacrest (L) on AMERICAN IDOL Thursday, April 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Yarish/ FOX. Copyright: FOX.

It was truly a nice surprise when former American Idol judge, Paula Abdul, stepped out onto the Idol stage tonight to surprise finalist, Candice Glover.

Candice had covered Paula’s mega-hit “Straight Up” for her birth year performance the night before, and the former judge dropped by to congratulate her personally.

Paula bounded onto the stage in a bright red dress, sneaking up on Candice, who appeared genuinely surprised. Paula cried and the two hugged. Afterward, Paula was invited to take a seat on the panel (Randy gave up his) just for old times sake. She hugged Mariah and Nicki literally bowed in her presence.

Check it out below.

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