Paula Abdul 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 #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".
Paula was a judge on the television series, American Idol, for eight years, and starred on the short-lived television series, CBS's Live to Dance, which lasted one season in 2011. She was subsequently a judge on the first season of American version of The X Factor with her former American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell which premiered on September 21, 2011.