Paula Julie Abdul is a singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. She 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.
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 had moved on to another television series, CBS’s Live to Dance, which debuted in January 2011. The series has since been canceled.
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