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The TV shrink is helping Paula Abdul find a sweetie, but a source tells The Scoop Abdul already has one.

In the TV special “Love Smart,” to be broadcast on Valentine’s Day, Dr. Phil McGraw is helping the “American Idol” judge find a man. He is sending Abdul on 10 blind dates in hopes that they can find someone who’s comfortable with her fame and isn’t “overwhelmed by her emotions,” according to advance press.

On the show, a source says, Abdul “sobs like the most distraught ‘American Idol’ reject” over her love life woes.

“It’s all so weird because Paula has a boyfriend,” a source tells The Scoop. “She’s been dating this model named Dante Spencer for months.” Abdul’s spokeswoman’s office insists that the two broke up “a while ago” — but couldn’t say when.

“They’ve been around, even in public in the last week, being all kissy and lovey,” says the insider, who insists that the romance is very much alive. “I haven’t asked him how he feels about this, but he’s very protective of her, so I imagine he’s just willing to go along with it all.”