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Paula Abdul

Paula Julie Abdul ( /ˈæbduːl/; born June 19, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. In the 1980s, Abdul rose from cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers to highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era before scoring a string of pop music-R&B hits in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for sixth among the female solo performers who have reached No. 1 there. She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography". After her initial period of success, she suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life, until she found renewed fame and success in the early years of the 21st century as a judge on the television series, American Idol, for eight years, before departing from the show. She then starred on the short-lived television series, CBS's Live to Dance, which lasted one season in 2011, and was subsequently a judge on the first season of American version of The X Factor with her former American Idol co-judge Simon

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Paula & Simon -- Reunited and It Feels So Good

Paula & Simon -- Reunited and It Feels So Good

It's been two years since they clashed on "American Idol," but Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell made nice and reunited to judge the first auditions for "The X Factor" in L.A. on Sunday.It's as… READ MORE >

Paula Abdul Signs on for "X-Factor" Gig

Paula Abdul
Signs on for "X-Factor" Gig

Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell are about to be re-united -- she has now officially signed on to be a judge on his new "X-Factor" show ... this according to reports. Paula only closed her deal last… READ MORE >

- 1878 days ago
Nicki Minaj -- No Deal for 'X Factor'

Nicki Minaj
No Deal for 'X Factor'

Don't plan on seeing Nicki Minaj at the judges table on "X Factor" -- TMZ has learned the rapper will NOT be taking a gig on the show. Rumors of Minaj's participation on the show have been… READ MORE >

- 1923 days ago
Paula Abdul Dials 911 to Escape Boyfriend's Car

Paula Abdul Dials 911 to Escape Boyfriend's Car

Paula Abdul made a frantic and tearful 911 call during a Valentine's Day drive with a boyfriend -- repeatedly screaming, "Drop me off!" ... and TMZ has obtained the recording.During the call --… READ MORE >

- 1944 days ago
'American Idol' Judges: Who'd You Rather?

'American Idol' Judges
Who'd You Rather?

Last night's "American Idol" premiere made us wonder if Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell were missed or did Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler up the show's game?  READ MORE >

- 1986 days ago
MASSIVE Faceplant on Paula Abdul's New Show

MASSIVE Faceplant on Paula Abdul's New Show

Paula Abdul's new show "Live to Dance" was absolutely painful last night ... especially for one wannabe superstar who face-planted ...and instantly sprouted a GIANT golf ball-sized welt on her… READ MORE >

- 2001 days ago
'American Idol' Judges -- Dangerous Strangers

'American Idol' Judges
Dangerous Strangers

Sources connected with "American Idol" tell TMZ ... execs on the show recklessly rolled the dice by choosing Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as the new judges.Our "A.I." spies tell us producers… READ MORE >

- 2149 days ago
Paula Abdul -- Fit for the 'Idol' Finale

Paula Abdul -- Fit for the 'Idol' Finale

Paula Abdul will make her triumphant return to "American Idol" tomorrow night -- and she's making damn sure she looks better than everyone else. Abdul rolled over to the really fancy ... and… READ MORE >

- 2226 days ago
TMZ Live: Erin Andrews, LiLo & Jesse James

TMZ Live: Erin Andrews, LiLo & Jesse James

We took your questions on everything -- including Lindsay Lohan's BS movie excuse, Jesse James' Nazi explanation, and Erin Andrews' risqué costumes on "Dancing with the Stars."… READ MORE >

- 2226 days ago
Paula Abdul -- Searching for a Better Offer?

Paula Abdul -- Searching for a Better Offer?

Paula Abdul is supposedly thisclose to signing on for a revamped "Star Search" on ABC -- but if her reaction last night is honest, it ain't exactly a done deal for the ex-"American Idol"… READ MORE >

- 2296 days ago

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