The former "American Idol" judge will help score the remaining nine all-star teams. She says she's been eyeing the show for years.
"I was next door on 'Idol,' and during commercial breaks, I would sneak over on the set to check out what's going on, and then I'd run back to my seat," she said. "I feel like this is another home for me."
As a choreographer, Abdul says she's enjoyed watching so many other people experience dance in life-changing ways. That's one reason she's excited to be a part of a show. But will it really be for just one night only, or is opportunity knocking?
"I'm in that phase where anything I do, it's like, 'This is a good trial,'" she said. "This is just me coming on (and) enjoying as a guest spot, and I'm going to make the best out of it because I get to do and watch what I love to do ... I have the best seat in the house."
The All Stars are happy to have her come aboard.
"I love Paula, I don't care what anybody says," said Tony Dovolani.
Sabrina Bryan was ecstatic, saying she has looked up to Abdul since she was a little girl.
"I want to perform for Paula Abdul," she said. "She is an awesome performer, and for her to critique me is like a dream come true."
There is one thing Abdul will have to get used as she watches the dances. On this show, scores come with the comments.
"That's a different thing, and yeah, Paula has to get used to the paddle," she said.
The dancing begins at 8 p.m. on ABC7.