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Paula Abdul (born 19.6.1962)
Paula Abdul is an American singer, dancer, choreographer and TV talent show judge.

Childhood: Paula Abdul was born to Lorraine and Harry Abdul in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles.

Her mother was a concert pianist, who once worked as an assistant to Billy Wilder. Her father owned a sand and gravel business and traded livestock. He was born in Syria and was raised in Brazil before moving to the USA. Both of Paula's parents are Jewish.

As a child, Paula Abdul was taken with the likes of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Debbie Allen and Bob Fosse and started dancing lessons at the age of eight.

Whilst studying at Van Nuys High School, Abdul was a cheerleader and at the age of 15, she earned herself a scholarship to a dance camp in Palm Springs. In 1978, she landed a role in a low-budget musical, Junior High School.

Paula Abdul briefly studied broadcasting at the California State University. However, during her first year there, she was selected to join the cheerleading squad for the Los Angeles Lakers (known as the Laker Girls). She quickly progressed to head choreographer and quit university to focus on dancing and choreography.

Dance & Choreography: Early on in her career, Paul Abdul was hand-picked by Jackson 5 to choreograph the video to their single 'Torture' after they had watched her at a Lakers match. The success of the video led to Abdul choreographing the entirety of their Victory tour. She also went on to work with Janet Jackson on her Control album and tour.

In 1995, Paula Abdul released her own dance workout video, named Paula Abdul's Get Up and Dance! This was re-released in 2003 on DVD. In 1998, she released a second workout video, entitled Cardio Dance. This was also re-released, in 2000. Abdul then released a DVD series in 2005, marketed at young girls. Called Cardio Cheer, the series focused on cheerleading, dance and workout.

Paula Abdul has also worked as a choreographer on a number of successful films, including Big (working for Tom Hanks' character), Coming to America (starring Eddie Murphy), Jerry Maguire (starring Tom Cruise) and American Beauty (starring Kevin Spacey).

Music: 1988 saw the release of Paula Abdul's debut album of pop music, Forever Your Girl. Although it took 62 weeks, the album eventually reached number one on the US Billboard album charts in the US. The album spawned four number one singles, 'Cold Hearted', 'Straight Up', 'Opposites Attract' and 'Forever Your Girl'. The video for 'Opposites Attract' became particularly resonate, for its feature of an animated cat named MC Skat Kat.

Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound, was released in 1991. The album sold over 13 million copies across the globe. The video for the lead single, 'Rush Rush' featured Keanu Reeves playing a James Dean type character. One track on the album, entitled 'U' was written by Prince, especially for Paula Abdul.

Following a period of her life that she spent battling with the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, Paula Abdul returned to her music career and released another album, Head Over Heels. Following the album's release, Paul Abdul took another break from the music industry. In 2000, Virgin Records released a greatest hits compilation, which sold over one million copies across the globe.

In 1997, Paula Abdul co-wrote a song called 'Spinning Around' with Kara DioGuardi. The song was intended to re-launch Abdul's career but instead, the song was given to Kylie Minogue and revived her career instead.

TV: In 2002, Paula Abdul started as one of the judges of the TV talent contest American Idol, alongside Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Abdul and Cowell often clashed on the show, as she disliked Cowell's blunt approach to dismissing contestants. She has been the subject of a number of comedy sketches, such as Amy Poehler's take on her for Saturday Night Live and Nicole Parker's on MADtv. Paula Abdul also acted as a guest judge in the early rounds of the UK show X Factor, when Leona Lewis auditioned.

Paula Abdul also landed a job as a reporter on Entertainment Tonight.

In July 2009, Paula Abdul announced that she would be leaving X Factor.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

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Simon Cowell And Paula Abdul To Return To American Idol


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The trio discovered singers including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood during their eight-season stint on the judging panel from 2002 until Paula left in 2010.

The show was cancelled due to dwindling ratings, and will bow out following the 15th and final season, which begins in January (16) with returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.

Long-running host Ryan Seacrest has confirmed the new judges will be joined by the original line-up during the series, but their roles on the show have yet to be decided.

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Former American Idol Contestant Arrested


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The aspiring singer was taken into custody in Yuma, Arizona on Wednesday night (23Sep15).

He was subsequently booked for felony domestic violence, in addition to charges of aggravated harassment and failure to comply, reports TMZ.com.

The nature of Clark's relationship to the alleged victim was unclear as WENN went to press.

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Paula Abdul Opposites Attract Video Inspired By Gene Kelly's Mouse Dance


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The hitmaker was inspired by 1945 film Anchors Aweigh, which featured Kelly in a dance sequence with a cartoon Jerry Mouse, as she put together the iconic 1988 promo, in which she performed with animated character MC Skat Kat.

She says, "I created the video with the hopes that maybe I could meet Gene Kelly. If I dedicated a video to him..., it's like the gratitude I wanted to show him. When the video was done, I sent it to his agent and the agent gave it to him and two days later I got a call from Mr. Kelly and it was the best thing ever.

"He invited me over for tea and I arrived at his house, like, an hour early in the blazing heat and I kept circling around and out of nowhere I heard someone banging on the trunk of my car and he goes, 'Abdul, you've been circling around my house over and over' - and that's how I met him."

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Cameron Diaz And Paula Abdul Heading Back To School For U.s. Government Campaign


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The women are among the stars who will pay visits to failing institutes to help introduce arts classes in an effort to boost students' test scores.

The Turnaround Arts Initiative, spearheaded by officials at the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education, was launched in 2011 with eight schools in eight states.

They are now expanding the programme to 49 schools in 14 states and they are turning to celebrities to raise the profile of the project, which has previously proved to raise attendance records and reduce disciplinary problems.

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Jason Derulo Announces UK Tour


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Jason Derulo will go on tour in the UK next year.

The 'Wiggle' hitmaker has announced seven show dates across the British Isles which will kick off in Cardiff on January 24.

Concerts will also be taking place in Glasgow, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester before finishing up at London's O2 Arena on February 5.

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Jason Derulo Announces UK Tour


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Jason Derulo will go on tour in the UK next year.

The 'Wiggle' hitmaker has announced seven show dates across the British Isles which will kick off in Cardiff on January 24.

Concerts will also be taking place in Glasgow, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester before finishing up at London's O2 Arena on February 5.

Continue reading: Jason Derulo Announces UK Tour

Randy Jackson Finally Says Farewell To 'American Idol' Family


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'American Idol''s last original judge Randy Jackson is finally stepping down from the show after an impressive 12 year stint as both a judge and a mentor. While there's been reports in previous years of his ever impending departure, this time it's for good.

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Randy Jackson finally leaves 'American Idol'

The former musician and record producer has been a constant fixture of the TV singing competition since 2002, where he worked alongside Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell on the judging panel. As of 2014's Season 13, his role was changed from panel judge to in-house mentor, but now it's finally time to say goodbye. 'After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol', Randy Jackson announced in a statement to Deadline. 'I'm proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever.'

Continue reading: Randy Jackson Finally Says Farewell To 'American Idol' Family

Paula Abdul: Simon Cowell's Baby Will Change His Life


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Paula Abdul thinks Simon Cowell's baby will ''change his life''.

The 51-year-old star - who was on the judging panel alongside the media mogul on 'X Factor' USA in 2011 and before on 'American Idol' - thinks fatherhood will have a positive effect on Simon and she also believes the 53-year-old businessman who is expecting his first child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman will be a patient father.

Speaking on 'THE LOWDOWN with DIANA MADISON', the brunette beauty said: ''[Simon will be] very, very patient and he may quit smoking!

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Dr. Luke Joins Jennifer Lopez & Keith Urban As Third 'American Idol' Judge


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Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel of American Idol. Dr. Luke a.k.a. Lukas Gottwald is the third judge to be announced with another yet to be agreed upon. E! first reported the news.

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Dr Luke (L) with Katy Perry and Max Martin (R) with their ASCAP Awards in 2012.

Gottwald is a songwriter and producer who is responsible for the likes of Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'; Kesha's 'Tik Tok' and Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'. As Urban and Lopez are involved in the performance side of the music industry, Gottwald is likely to provide an interesting perspective when judging the televised singing competition. 

Continue reading: Dr. Luke Joins Jennifer Lopez & Keith Urban As Third 'American Idol' Judge

Jennifer Lopez Signs $15 Million Deal With American Idol


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Jennifer Lopez will return to 'American Idol' for a reported $15 million.

The 'Jenny from Block' singer has allegedly sealed a deal with network Fox which will make her one of the highest paid judges in reality TV.

The 44-year-old singer - who hasn't appeared on the show since 2011 - has negotiated a spot on the judging panel for series 13 after sitting out last season.

Continue reading: Jennifer Lopez Signs $15 Million Deal With American Idol

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Paula Abdul

Date of birth

19th June, 1962

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Sex

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