17 Facts About Paula Abdul

1. At the age of 18, Paula Abdul began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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2. In 2011, Paula Abdul reunited with American Idol cohort Simon Cowell to act as a judge on The X Factor, a singing competition.

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3. In 2007, Paula Abdul premiered in her own reality show, Hey Paula, which aired on the Bravo network.

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4. In 2005, Paula Abdul faced controversy when she was involved in a hit-and-run accident.

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5. In 2002, Paula Abdul stepped back into the spotlight as one of the three judges on the instantly popular television reality competition, American Idol, alongside producers Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell.

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6. In December 2004, Paula Abdul was driving her Mercedes Benz on a Los Angeles-area freeway when she changed lanes and hit another vehicle.

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7. In 2003, Paula Abdul was reported as a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.

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8. In 2015, Paula Abdul made a guest appearance on the comedy sitcom Real Husbands of Hollywood on its season 4 premiere.

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9. In June 2014, Paula Abdul made a cameo appearance on the Australian soap opera Neighbours and shared scenes with established character Karl Kennedy.

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10. In January 2017, Paula Abdul announced that she would not be returning as a judge for its fourteenth season because of her tour schedule.

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11. In October 2013, Paula Abdul was named as a judge on the revamped So You Think You Can Dance Australia, which aired on Australia's Network Ten from February 9 through May 1, 2014.

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12. In October 2012, Paula Abdul served as a guest judge during week four of the All-Stars version of Dancing with the Stars.

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13. In May 2011, it was announced that Paula Abdul would rejoin Simon Cowell on the first season of the American edition of The X Factor.

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14. In January 2011, Paula Abdul began appearing on the short-lived CBS reality competition series Live to Dance, where she was an executive producer.

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15. That year, Paula Abdul appeared in the ABC television film Touched By Evil, playing a businesswoman who discovers that her boyfriend is a serial rapist.

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16. In 1991, Paula Abdul starred in a popular Diet Coke commercial in which she danced with a digital image of her idol, a young Gene Kelly.

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17. In 1987, Paula Abdul used her savings to make a singing demo.

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