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Paula Abdul grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California. She began taking dance lessons when she was eight. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was senior class president and head cheerleader. After graduating in 1980, she started college at Cal State-Northridge, majoring in TV and radio. After joining the L.A. Lakers cheerleaders, she became head cheerleader/choreographer after only a few months, eventually dropping out of college to dance and choreograph full-time. She was recruited by The Jacksons to choreograph their 1984 "Torture" video, the first in a long list of videos and movies she would choreograph. She branched out into singing with her first CD, "Forever Your Girl", which had lackluster sales until the single "Straight Up" exploded onto the charts in December 1988 and she has been a popular singer/dancer ever since, enhanced by her stint as a judge on the hit series American Idol (2002).  See full bio on IMDb »

Nicole Scherzinger: Paula Abdul Told Me to Vote Rachel Crow Off X-Factor

Nicole Scherzinger
Paula Told Me to Vote Off Rachel Crow

"X-Factor" judge Paula Abdul secretly instructed Nicole Scherzinger to vote off Rachel Crow last week ... just moments before the earth-shattering elimination -- and we have proof.Paula's mic was… READ MORE >

'X-Factor' Reject Drew Ryniewicz: Stop Threatening Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger!

'X-Factor' Reject Drew
Stop Threatening Paula & Nicole!

"X-Factor" cast-off Drew Ryniewicz is lashing back after some deranged fans threatened to kill  Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger last week -- telling TMZ, she has no hard feelings against… READ MORE >

- 2055 days ago
'X-Factor' Judges Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger -- Targeted by Death Threats After Voting Off Drew

'X-Factor' Judges Paula & Nicole
Targeted by Death Threats After Eliminating Drew

"X-Factor" hosts Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger voted off the wrong contestant Thursday night -- at least according to several angry Drew Ryniewicz fans ... whose violent threats have Paula… READ MORE >

- 2056 days ago
'X-Factor' vs. 'American Idol': Who'd You Rather?

'X-Factor' vs. 'American Idol'
Who'd You Rather?

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- 2126 days ago
Simon & Paula -- The Kiss Factor

Simon & Paula -- The Kiss Factor

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- 2234 days ago
Cheryl Cole Gone From 'X Factor' -- FOREVER!!!

Cheryl Cole
Gone From 'X Factor' FOREVER!!!

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- 2237 days ago
Paula Abdul -- I Was Traveling When Cheryl Got Let Go

Paula Abdul -- I Was Traveling When Cheryl Got Let Go

Time zones and air travel combined to leave Paula Abdul out of the loop -- because when she arrived in Singapore to promote "The X Factor" ... she had no idea what was going on with Cheryl… READ MORE >

- 2246 days ago
Cheryl Cole's Accent -- Too Thick for 'X-Factor'

Cheryl Cole's Accent
Too Thick for 'X-Factor'

Cheryl Cole was dropped from the judging panel on "X-Factor" largely because producers were  concerned her English accent would be too difficult for an American audience to understand ...… READ MORE >

- 2249 days ago
'X-Factor' Judge REPLACED by Pussycat Doll

'X-Factor' Judge
REPLACED by Pussycat Doll

Huge shakeup at Simon Cowell's new show "X-Factor" -- TMZ has learned singer Cheryl Cole will no longer be a judge ... and will be replaced by ex-"Pussycat Dolls" member Nicole Scherzinger.It's… READ MORE >

- 2249 days ago
Terri vs. Paula: Who'd You Rather?

Terri vs. Paula
Who'd You Rather?

Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour and his fellow  "X-Factor" judge Paula Abdul both worked their smiles at the same event in Beverly Hills on Thursday.Question is ... READ MORE >

- 2259 days ago
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