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May 2, 2008: "Paula Abdul: No One Understands Me "

Paula Abdul showed her sense of humor Thursday night and joked about her recent second song gaffe.
No one understands me, Paula Abdul said in a speech at Lupus L.A.s Orange Ball, presenting an award to prominent L.A. physician Daniel Wallace. By the way, are you singing two songs tonight?
Paula Abdul was referring to Tuesdays American Idol, when she mistakenly critiqued contestant Jason Castros second performance, though Castro had only sung one song.
At Thursdays event, Paula Abdul said Dr. Wallace helped save my business and my professional life, but she jokingly asked for some assistance with her American Idol duties. By the way, theyre causing me to say very mumbly-jumbly things on Idol. Help me.

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Music Singer, dancer, television personality, jewelry designer, and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Paula Abdul picture(s)/pic(s), wallpaper and photo gallery.
Birth name: Paula Julie Abdul.
Born: June 19, 1962 San Fernando, California.

Paula Abdul biography (bio):
Paula Julie Abdul is an American multi-platinum selling Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, television personality, jewelry designer, and Emmy Award-winning choreographer. In the 1980s, Abdul rose from being a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team to being a sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era, then to being a Pop-R&B singer with a string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. According to Abdul, she has sold over 53 million records to date. After her initial period of success, she suffered a series of reverses in her professional and personal life, until she found renewed fame and success in the 2000s as the very nice, encouraging and very often, fickled judge on the highly rated television series American Idol. She ranked # 47 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women Of The Video Era".

Early life:
Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Harry Abdul, who once worked as a livestock trader and owns a sand and gravel business in California, and Lorraine Rykiss, a former concert pianist who once worked as an assistant to film director Billy Wilder. Abdul's father was a Sephardi Syrian Jew who immigrated with his family to Brazil and then to the U.S. while her mother is also Jewish and originally from Saint Boniface, an area of Winnipeg, Canada.
She and her sister, Wendy, who is seven years older, lived with their mother in the San Fernando Valley. As a small child Abdul's interest in a career as a performer was inspired by Gene Kelly in the classic film Singin' in the Rain as well as such entertainers as Debbie Allen, Fred Astaire, and Bob Fosse.
Abdul began dance lessons around the age of eight and showed a natural talent for it. She attended Van Nuys High School where she was on the cheerleading squad, and was an honors student. At 15, she received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs.
Abdul enrolled at California State University, Northridge to study broadcasting. During her first year she tried out for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers, the famed Laker Girls, and was selected from a pool of 700. Within three months she became head choreographer. She quit school six months later.

Dance and choreography:
Abdul's high-energy, street-funk style has delighted fans, including the Jackson family.[citation needed] Abdul went on to choreograph videos for several artists in the 1980's including many videos for Janet Jackson during her Control era. In 1995, Abdul released a dance workout video entitled Paula Abdul's Get Up and Dance! (released on DVD in 2003), a fast-paced, hip-hop style workout. Subsequently she released another dance workout video in 1998 called Cardio Dance (released on DVD in 2000). In December 2005, Abdul launched a cheerleading/fitness/dance/dance DVD series called Cardio Cheer, which is marketed to children and teenage girls involved with cheerleading and dance.

In film, Abdul choreographed the dance sequences in the films Coming to America, The Running Man (film) and American Beauty, the giant keyboard sequence involving Tom Hanks character in Big, and The King's touchdown celebration, as seen in a string of popular Burger King television commercials that aired during the 2005-2006 NFL season.

Early commercial success 1987-1990:
In 1987 Abdul used her savings to make a singing demo. Although her voice was relatively untrained, her exceptional dancing proved marketable to the visually oriented, MTV-driven pop music industry.
In 1988, Abdul released her debut album Forever Your Girl. The album took 62 weeks to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, the longest an album has been on the market before hitting #1 -- it spent 10 weeks there. The album eventually became multi-platinum in the spring and summer of 1989 and it spawned five American Top Three singles, four of them #1s: "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted", "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me", and "Opposites Attract". Forever Your Girl, Abdul's debut, was the first ever album to have four number-one singles. A remix album, Shut Up and Dance, was also released and reached #7 on Billboard's album chart, becoming one of the most successful remix albums to date. The Grammy award-winning video for "Opposites Attract" featured an animated cat named MC Skat Kat. As a sign of Paula's enormous popularity, the cartoon cat scored his own record deal later that year, becoming the first artist signed to Abdul's own Captive Records. Abdul's voice was sampled on one track and she appeared in the video for the first single.
Abdul also went on a Club MTV tour where she performed the songs off her album. Several other acts were also on the tour. Overall the tour helped raise Abdul's popularity even more.

Artistic development 1991-1992:
Abdul's follow-up album, 1991's Spellbound, contained another string of hits, and went on to sell 13 million copies. Hits included "Rush, Rush" (which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks, thanks to its music video and Rebel Without a Cause motif featuring Keanu Reeves in the James Dean role), "Promise of a New Day", "Blowing Kisses in the Wind", "Vibeology", and "Will You Marry Me?". The first single, "Rush, Rush", was a ballad, which surprised many, as singers generally release an up-tempo song as a first single. The album Spellbound retained much of the dance-oriented formula heard on her debut album. The track "U" was written for Paula by Prince.
Abdul promoted the album through the "Under My Spell Tour." This tour almost didn't happen because of an accident during rehearsals that was bad enough she almost had to cancel. The tour went as scheduled anyway and ran from October 1991 to the summer of 1992.
Also in 1991, Abdul made a popular Diet Coke commercial in which through technology she danced with a digital image of her idol, a young Gene Kelly.

Personal struggles 1993-1994:
It was around this time when Paula's personal life began to cloud her career. In 1993 she helped her sister Wendy overcome an over-eating disorder. Abdul was eventually caught and she herself admitted to the disorder bulimia and checked herself into a clinic to overcome the self-esteem issues triggering her bulimia. Her reputation was also damaged when backing vocalist Yvette Marine claimed she sang on the Forever Your Girl album, not Paula. The case started in August, and lasted one month. Eventually Paula and Virgin records won the case. That same year Paula filed for divorce from Emilio Estevez. The divorce was finalized in 1994, but both remain friends to this day.

Commercial Ups and Downs 1995-1996:
By 1995 Paula Abdul had successfully overcome her obstacles and prepared to return to the spotlight with her new album Head Over Heels. The album received mixed reviews, and its singles became modest radio hits. "My Love Is for Real", "Crazy Cool", and "Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up" were singles from the album. The first single off the album, "My Love Is for Real", featured a fusion of R&B and traditional Middle Eastern instruments, and was sung together with Yemenite-Israeli singer Ofra Haza. Its accompanying Lawrence of Arabia-inspired music video was played in theaters across the world as a preface to the film Clueless. It was a hit in dance clubs (peaking at #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart), but the single stalled at #28 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart; still the single was still able to reach the Top 40, and it was also nominated for several MTV Video Music Awards. The second single, "Crazy Cool", was accompanied by a music video wherein Abdul is seen riding a mechanical bull and spraying Champagne over her breasts, the song became a hit on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart), but only able to crack the Top 40 in the U.S. "Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up" wasn't able to chart in the Hot 100.
To this day Head Over Heels has sold close to 5 million copies worldwide, however Abdul's album sales were slow in America.
Virgin Records, possibly counting on name recognition to move copies, did not put nearly as much muscle behind promoting the album, and Head Over Heels sold considerably less than her previous albums.
Although the album was commercially less successful, some fans considered it to be her best work to date. Some speculate that the album didn't sell well because of the amount of time taken between albums and the change in radio tastes in the mid-90s.
That same year Abdul married Brad Beckerman, heir to a clothing giant.

Hiatus 1997-1999:
Paula had ended her music career abruptly due to the failure of her third album and years of physical stress, and injuries. A year later Abdul filed for divorce from Beckerman, citing irreconcible differences. The divorce was finalized in 1998.
In the late 1990s, she attempted to revitalize her career as a performer by accepting acting roles, starting with the 1997 television movie Touched by Evil, which she played a woman who discovers her boyfriend was her rapist. The film was rejected by both fans and critics. She later played Amy Fuentes in the 1998 made-for-TV film, The Waiting Game, which was released only in the UK, and received moderate reaction from viewers. She also appeared in several TV shows including The Wayans Brothers and Spin City as well as the ABC Family made-for-TV movie Romy and Michele: In the Beginning. She was a devoted dancer

Music comeback and American Idol 2000-present:
In 2000, Abduls Paula Abdul: Greatest Hits CD was released by Virgin Records (with whom Abdul was already no longer affiliated). It featured all of the "hit" singles as well as other noteworthy tracks. The song "Bend Time Back 'Round" had previously been heard only on the 1992 soundtrack for the hit television series Beverly Hills 90210. The album was not a commercial success, however it managed to sell more than one million copies worldwide.
In 2000, Abdul co-wrote "Spinning Around", a dance-pop track intended to be the lead single off her new album. The album never materialized and "Spinning Around" was given to Kylie Minogue as a single. The song became highly successful and re-launched Minogue's career, as it was intended to do for Abdul, and reached #1 in numerous countries.
In 2002, Abdul appeared as one of three judges for the reality television music competition show American Idol. Abdul, along with fellow judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, were to evaluate the talent of a large group of young amateur singers, eliminate most of them in various audition rounds, and then judge the finalists as American television viewers voted on which finalists would continue to each successive round, until all but the winner were eliminated. Abdul won praise as a sympathetic and compassionate judge. She seemed especially kind when her critiques were compared to fellow judge Simon Cowell, who was often very blunt in his appraisals of the contestants' performances. When she realized that Cowell's over-the-top judging style was heartbreaking for many young contestants, Abdul was so horrified, she considered leaving the show. Although their differences often resulted in extremely heated on-air exchanges and confrontations, Cowell says he played a major role in convincing Abdul not to walk off. Now a bonafide television celebrity, Abdul accepted a second gig as reporter for Entertainment Tonight. She continued to attract attention during subsequent seasons of American Idol. Her knack for finding something positive in almost every performance, her emotion-laden praise for contestants whose style she really likes, and her unique fingers-bent-outwards handclapping style have fueled the belief among some that she is drunk during auditions. This rumor has been the subject of satire, especially by Amy Poehler during Saturday Night Live sketches. This ability to give positive feedback to every performance has also led some people to say she is a poor judge incapable of constructive criticism.
In May 2005, ABC's news magazine Primetime Live reported claims by Season 2 Idol contestant Corey Clark that he and Abdul had an affair during that season, and that she had coached him on how to succeed in the competition. The fact that Clark came forward at a time when he was marketing a CD and trying to get a book deal was seen as suspicious by some, but Clark maintains that his career was being black balled because of his relationship with Abdul and that's why he came forward with the information to clear his name. For the most part, Abdul refused to comment on Clark's allegations. At the height of the debacle, Abdul appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit, making light of the situation. While Fox launched an investigation, Abdul received numerous calls of support from celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey; Barbara Walters even addressed the camera during an episode of ABC's The View to say she was ashamed to be part of an operation that would report Clark's flimsy tabloid claims under the guise of a news story.
In August 2005 the Fox network confirmed that she would be returning to the show, as the investigation had found "insufficient evidence that the communications between Mr. Clark and Ms. Abdul in any way aided his performance".
On March 28, 2006 FOX announced that Abdul had signed to stay on American Idol as a judge for at least three more years.
The week of May 14th to 18th, 2007 (the week before the season 6 finale), Abdul broke her nose and her arm when she tried to "avoid tripping over her pet chihuahua". She was present at the May 22nd performance and May 23rd finale.
A second greatest-hits CD, entitled Greatest Hits: Straight Up!, was released by Virgin on May 8, 2007. The track listing is slightly different but, again, this album was put together by Virgin Records who no longer employs Abdul but nonetheless hopes to cash in on her American Idol success. At this time, they also released the music videos to all her six #1 singles to iTunes. Abdul is reportedly meeting with new record companies, to bounce around ideas for a new album.

Career transition 2007-present:
Bravo announced a reality television series following Abdul through her day-to-day life, called Hey Paula. The series is produced by Scott Sternberg Productions and debuted on June 28, 2007. Paula's behavior as depicted on the show has been described as 'erratic'.
Abdul's American Idol wardrobe often includes a number of necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings that she designs, and she often gives show contestants custom-designed jewelry. In 2007, Paula Abdul Jewelry launched its nationwide consumer debut on QVC, with the tagline "fashion jewelry designed with heart and soul". Paula's first QVC appearance resulted in 15 sellouts of her first jewelry collection involving more than 34,000 pieces. Paula is currently about to release her own perfume entitled "Sexy Thoughts."
During the Hey Paula series, the original theme song for the series (Paula's #1 single "Straight Up"), was replaced on the 4th episode with what appears to be a brand new song recorded by Paula, titled "Karma", suggesting a possible upcoming music comeback. She is set to release her new album "Abdulmatic" in November 2007. The first yet to be announced single will go out to radio in October 2007. In 2007, Luna recorded an Indie Pop cover version of Paula's "Straight Up", which is set to appear on the compilation album Guilt By Association in September.

Personal life:
* Abdul was married to Emilio Estevez from April 29, 1992 to May 1994. In a June 19, 2005 interview with People magazine Abdul stated that they broke up over the issue of children; she wanted them to have a child together, while Estevez (who already had two children from a prior relationship) did not. She married sportswear designer Brad Beckerman in 1996; they divorced in 1998 citing irreconcilable differences.
* Valentine's Day 2006, Abdul appeared on Dr. Phil as part of a prime time special on love and relationships. She was set up on two dates and Phil McGraw gave her advice.
* In mid July, 2007, Abdul announced that she has begun dating J.T. Torregiani, a restaurant owner 12 years her junior. She told Access Hollywood: "He is a good guy. Things are looking upwards. It's looking good right now. I wasn't even looking for someone and that's what usually happens."
* Having recovered from her eating disorder after treatment in 1994, she later became a spokeswoman for NEDA, and was presented with the Profiles In Living Award in late 2005. She continued her work by recording Public Service Announcements in 2020.
* In April 2005, she revealed that she suffers from a rare neurological disorder called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) that causes chronic pain.
* She says she plans to explore fertility options, which shell need. "With modern medicine, people are having kids in their 40s and even up until their late 40s," says Paula. In their 50s, theyre having their second child. If it doesnt happen naturally like that, I would always consider adopting.
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Paula Abdul arrives at the 2010 American Idol Finale held on May 26th 2010 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles 4
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