PAULA ABDUL: NEXT DAYTIME DIVA?

PAULA ABDUL: NEXT DAYTIME DIVA?

Even OPRAH thinks PAULA ABDUL's got a shot at being the next Oprah!

That's why the ex-"American Idol" judge got O's personal go-ahead to tape a one-hour TV pilot for brand-new network OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).

Format will be Oprah-inspired - lotsa celeb guests, and real people telling inspirational stories. If the pilot clicks, viewers (like me) who've missed Judge Wack-a-Doodle will be able to catch her ditzy shtick daily.

Asked if a hosting gig would conflict with rejoining SIMON COWELL on "The X Factor," Paula pooh-poohed: "Of course not. If ELLEN DEGENERES can do it…so can I!"

Abdul's not letting grass grow under her feet: "Drop Dead Diva" producers loved her last-season cameo so much, they're begging her to sign as a semi-regular.

She's okay with it - if they agree to accommodate her frantic schedule. Stay tuned.