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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

Paula Abdul Headlining First Concert In Years


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The Opposites Attract star hasn't performed a full set for fans in years, but that will all change on 6 August (16) when she takes centre stage at the Hersheypark Stadium event in Pennsylvania.

Paula won't be the only blast from the past on the Mixtape Festival bill - she will be joined by fellow pop veterans New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees and O-Town. Girl group Dream is also reuniting for the bash for its first show since 2001.

Celebrating the news on Twitter.com, the 53-year-old exclaimed, "This is SO happening! I'm so excited for the @MixtapeFestival".

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WE Day California - Arrivals

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Simon Cowell Returns To 'American Idol' And Apologises For Being So 'Mean'


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Simon Cowell made a surprise return to ‘American Idol’ on Thursday night, for the finale of the show’s 15th and final season. The former judge even offered a slight apology for being so mean to the contestants over the years and also thanked viewers for letting them into their homes for the past 15 years.

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Cowell surprised fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson when he appeared on the ‘Idol’ stage and joked: "I just thought this would be a good [opportunity] on behalf of myself, Randy, Ryan and Paula to apologize, over the years, for being so mean to the contestants.”

Continue reading: Simon Cowell Returns To 'American Idol' And Apologises For Being So 'Mean'

We Day California 2016

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27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals

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Paula Abdul: 'I Quit American Idol Eight Times On My First Day'


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As the U.S. show nears the end of its run, the Straight Up singer has recalled her first day on the job in 2002 for a new Entertainment Weekly article, revealing she tormented one poor crew member.

"A few years ago, this man came up to me and introduced himself and said, 'I was your sound guy on your first day at work at American Idol', Paula chuckles. "I said, 'Oh wow, I feel bad, I must have quit a few times'. And he said, 'Eight, you quit eight times'."

The singer and dancer admits she struggled to come to terms with the fact so many wannabes had their dreams shattered ny Paula and her fellow judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.

Continue reading: Paula Abdul: 'I Quit American Idol Eight Times On My First Day'

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."

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

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.

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

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

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

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!

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

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. 

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Paula Abdul

Date of birth

19th June, 1962

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

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