Paula Abdul isn't forever American Idol's girl. She announced on her twitter.com page that she won't be returning as a judge for the ninth season of the singing competition, which will premiere in January 2010. "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to Idol. I'll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon," she tweeted, adding: "What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me. It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month. I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all." The 47-year-old singer reportedly wanted $20 million to stay on the show as a judge alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi. The news comes as a shock to her fans as well as former Idol contestants. "Paula leaving American Idol is like a honeycomb without the honey," Blake Lewis tells In Touch. "She brought a sweetness to the AI that no one can replace," he added. And season six's Gina Glocksen-Ruzicka agrees. "I don't think Idol will be the same without her," she tells In Touch. "She's the judge that kept all the contestants sane."