Paula Abdul is a singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress, and television personality who is best known for her singles, "Straight Up" and "Opposites Attract," and for being a judge on "American Idol," "The X Factor," and "Dancing with the Stars."
Paula was driven to the arts at a young age, taking dance lessons in ballet, jazz, and tap and participating on her high school cheerleading squad. She went on to study broadcasting at the California State University at Northridge. She was chosen for the Los Angeles Lakers cheerleading squad during her freshman year, and became head choreographer within a year. While cheerleading for the Lakers, she was discovered by the Jackson family, who signed her to do the choreography for their video "Torture" in 1994. From there, Paula created choreography for many music videos, including videos for Janet Jackson's album "Control."
She has also choreographed sequences in films like "Big," "Jerry Maguire," "American Beauty," and "Can't Buy Me Love." She released her first pop album, "Forever Your Girl," in 1988, which spent ten weeks at the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 album sales chart. Paula released two more successful studio albums: "Spellbound" in 1991, and "Head over Heels" in 1995. She has been nominated for numerous American Music, BRIT, Grammy, Juno, and MTV Video Music Awards for her choreography, dancing, and musical talent.
Paula appeared as a judge on "American Idol" from 2002 until 2009, and also made guest appearances in 2010 and 2013. After "American Idol," Paula went on to rejoin Simon Cowell on the first season of the US version of "The X Factor," where she was a judge for a single season. Most recently, Paula appeared as a guest judge on the tenth season of "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2013.