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Can Paula Find Love?

Feb 14th, 2006

Can Paula Find Love?

February 14, 2006

On Valentine's Day, CBS will broadcast a new primetime special all about affairs of the heart, "A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Love Smart," on which the life strategist teaches viewers how to love smart.

"I always tell people you don't want to love dumb, you want to love smart," Dr. PHIL McGRAW tells ET. "[There is a] big difference between loving dumb and loving smart. This is a special that goes into the trenches about what that means."

One of Dr. Phil's guests on the special is "American Idol" judge PAULA ABDUL, who shares with the good doc that she is having trouble finding, not just a serious relationship, but just a great date.

"I think the biggest misconception people have is when they hear me say it is difficult to date, and they say, 'Oh please, Paula. Come on Paula. Give me a break,'" the Grammy winner comments. "But it is the truth. I think this will prove how difficult it is."

Dr. Phil has Paula in tears as the two discuss the problems she experiences with men who have trouble dealing with her level of success and her demanding schedule. Then the former Laker Girl is asked to select a blind date from a group of 10 men, none of whom know they will be dating a celebrity. Then, Dr. Phil selects a man that he thinks is a good match for her.

When the counseling is complete, Dr. Phil sends Paula out on a shuttle date, which means she bounces back and forth between two men.

"I call it infrared dating," TV's top doc says of the technique he wants Paula to employ. "[It's] how to find out what you want to know right now, so you don't waste time going down a dead end road. She was an absolute star at infrared dating. It is amazing what she found out and it is hilarious. She is a great sport."

So were there any sparks?

"The two simultaneous dates were great guys," Paula admits. "Two total opposites of each other. I would go out with both of them."

For more behind the scenes of "A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Love Smart," tune in to tonight's ET. Then catch the special on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m.

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