Abdul’s Shiny New Year

Paula Abdul has launched a jewelry line on the Home Shopping Network based on the keepsakes she designs and gives those voted off of “American Idol.”

Abdul said she got the idea during Idol’s first season in 2002 as a way to give the aspiring singers a memento of their experience instead of going home empty-handed.

“I wanted something the kids could touch and feel to remind themselves that their talent got them there,” the show’s talent judge explained.

The jewelry, handbags and other accessories in the Forever Your Girl line have a price range of $29-$200.

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Paula Abdul arrives at the 2008 CMT Awards, in Nashville, Tenn.

The singer, dancer and choreographer’s plans in addition to her “Idol” duties include the release of her first album of new material in a decade as well as an MTV special called “Rah! Paula Abdul’s Cheerleading Bowl.”

Meanwhile, Abdul talked to ABC’s “Good Morning America” Dec. 8 about the death of “American Idol” hopeful Paula Goodspeed, who was found dead of an apparent overdose Nov. 11 in her car parked near Abdul’s Los Angeles-area home.

“It was devastating and tragic, and there aren’t enough feelings that I can articulate without getting into a whole plethora of things,” Abdul said. “It’s just been a very, very tough three weeks for me … and for her family and for everyone involved.”

Police said that prescription pills, CDs and photos of Abdul were discovered in the car with 30-year-old Goodspeed’s body.