Natalie Cole

<b>Pro:</b> Natalie would work because she has already walked in Paula's shoes, so to speak. Just like Paula, she too had an addiction to drugs and physical side effects from such abuse -- Paula with the withdrawal from painkillers and Natalie with her Hepatitis C diagnosis. Both women also gained fame by connecting to the past -- Natalie crooning alongside her father on the album "Unforgettable...with Love" and Abdul in that Diet Coke commercial with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002736" title="Gene Kelly" href="/topic/entertainment/gene-kelly-PECLB002736.topic">Gene Kelly</a>. Plus, Natalie did perform on the show in April, and she's an admitted fan, so she's familiar with the territory.<br>
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<b>Con:</b> Maybe the similarities are too close for comfort.<br>
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<i>-- Darcel Rockett, <a href="http://www.zap2it.com">Zap2it</a></i><br>
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Pro: Natalie would work because she has already walked in Paula's shoes, so to speak. Just like Paula, she too had an addiction to drugs and physical side effects from such abuse -- Paula with the withdrawal from painkillers and Natalie with her Hepatitis C diagnosis. Both women also gained fame by connecting to the past -- Natalie crooning alongside her father on the album "Unforgettable...with Love" and Abdul in that Diet Coke commercial with Gene Kelly. Plus, Natalie did perform on the show in April, and she's an admitted fan, so she's familiar with the territory.

Con: Maybe the similarities are too close for comfort.

-- Darcel Rockett, Zap2it

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