The door isn't completely slammed on Paula Abdul ...
Multiple "American Idol" insiders are telling TMZ there is a chance Paula will come back to the show. Reality -- better than a good chance.
We're told the conflict is ultimately all about money ... and buzz leading up to season 9.
But for now, "A.I." is full speed ahead -- auditions for the show are set for tomorrow ... without Abdul.
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