Sunday, October 31, 2010

CLIPPING: Video Smash Hits Magazine (OZ) LA Gear Lunch Competition 1992

Full-Page LA Gear/Video Smash Hits magazine competition entry form to win lunch with Paula Abul in Los Angeles, circa 1992.

Women's Health & Fitness (US) Magazine, January 2003

AD: UK Advertisement For 'Cold Hearted' Single

OUTTAKE: Alberto Tolot 1990 'Shut Up And Dance' Photo Session

NEWS: 'Straight Up' Vampire, Happy Halloween

If your in the New York area, check out:

Upcoming Shows: Straight Up Vampire

Price: $15

7:00 PM - October 31

Show Description:
Book by Nick Jones, Zak Vreeland and Peter James Cook

Directed by Peter James Cook

Music and lyrics by Paula Abdul
Music direction by Michael Iannantuono
With music performed by Dr Steam Whipple and the Prescriptions

It's 1763 and there are vampires in Philadelphia.
Paula Abdul Blackwood is a beautiful young Quaker girl being forced into marriage with the wheelwright's son.

Jack Sheridan, a politically idealistic young vampire, is the man she loves. Everywhere there is dissent. Fractious parties debate the future of the colony.

MC Skat Kat and Benjamin Franklin vie for power in the Assembly. With Drae Campbell, Justin Noble, Tanya O'Debra, Jason Quarles, Megan Stern, Philip Taratula, Emily Simoness, Katina Corrao, Luis Moreno and Corn-Mo as Dr. Benjamin Franklin.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Ladies Home Journal (US) Magazine, June 2009

AUDIO: Paula Abdul Is 'Straight Up' On Rollin With Nick Cannon On NYC 92.3NOW FM

One of the first radio interviews Paula did was with Nick Cannon for New York's 92.3NOW back on 10/12/10 to promote the New York City auditions of 'Live To Dance'.

'Forever Your Girl' UK 7" Single W/RARE Sticker On Sleeve

Side 1: Forever Your Girl (Remix) 4:05
Side 2: Next To You (Album Version) 4:26

Siren Records, SRN112.

NEWS: Paula Abdul Talks 'Dancing' and 'Idol'

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Paula Abdul spent eight seasons searching for the next "American Idol." Now she's looking for folks who "Live to Dance."

The former "Idol" sweetheart is executive producing and leading the expert panel on CBS' new all-ages dance competition, which premieres Jan. 4 and is poised to cha-cha-cha alongside Fox's "Idol" on some nights.

Abdul will be joined by Michael Jackson's "This Is It" choreographer Travis Payne and former Pussycat Dolls member Kimberly Wyatt, who also served as a judge on the show's British predecessor, "Got to Dance." Abdul promised this incarnation will be much less cutthroat, though 18 final acts will ultimately shake it for a $500,000 grand prize.

In a recent interview during a break from the show's West Coast open auditions, the bubbly, often-rambling 48-year-old former Laker girl discussed whether she'll be tuning into the upcoming 10th season of "Ido," and compared "Live to Dance" to all those other reality TV dance competitions.

AP: What kind of dancers have you seen so far in the audition process?

Abdul: We've had amazing 5-, 6- and 7-year-old dancers all the way up to beautiful dancers in their 60s, 70s and even 80s that still live in that passionate, unique place where dance inspires them. If you get to do that life, your life is so much richer.

AP: Why did you decide to do another reality TV talent competition?

Abdul: I felt strongly that when I left "American Idol," I really needed to take time to rediscover where my passion lies. ... For me, if I didn't check off one of the boxes on my bucket list that I was involved in a dance show, I don't know if that would sit really well with me.

AP: How do you feel that "Live to Dance" will likely go up against "American Idol" when it premieres next year?

Abdul: My whole life has been about ironies and metaphors and things like that. I'm excited about it. I do feel they're two completely separate shows. The irony of it is my experience — one family to a new family. For me, I celebrate having shows that are a platform for raw, untapped talent. In my mind, there can never be too many of those shows.

AP: Will you be watching the new season of "Idol" with new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez?

Abdul: I absolutely will. DVR. I watched the last season objectively as a fan. Look, I was part of that family for nine years of my life. With Jennifer and Steven coming in, they're seasoned veterans. Randy's at the helm, and Ryan's still there. ... I hope they're experiencing great talent and having a good time.

AP: You were known as the nice, sometimes zany judge on "Idol." What kind of judge will you be on this show?

Abdul: Well, I'm not a judge at all. In fact, coming onto this show, I said, "We need to get rid of the judging aspect. I need to lead a panel of experts." ... It's not so much about judging the acts as it is about, "How are we going to help these acts as leading experts, either with their next audition or if they move forward in this competition?"

AP: How else will "Live to Dance" be different from other reality TV dancing competitions?

Abdul: People keep saying, "I'm sure you're getting some crazy acts auditioning!" Crazy and kooky can exist in this show only if it's backed up by the chops of amazing techniques and skills. I'm all for being left of center and being different but not for the sake of just trying to get on television.

AMERICAN IDOL: OK (US) Magazine, April 27, 2009

AUDIO: Paula Abdul Speaks With Las Vagas RADAR Online Radio Show 'Mark & Mercedes In The Morning'

On Tuesday Paula spoke with Las Vegas Radio Station, Radar Online's 'Mark & Mercedes In The Morning'. Check-out the interview:

NEWS: Paula Abdul Preps For Her New CBS Show, Lament The Loss Of The Original 'Idol' Family

Paula Abdul arrives at the open casting call for "Live to Dance" in Burbank, CA. Credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images.

Executing new routines is nothing new for Paula Abdul. She did it as a Lakers cheerleader early in her career and later as one of the music industries’ most-wanted choreographers.

A year after leaving her swiveling chair at American Idol, Paula Abdul is returning to the reality competition genre. But forget pitch and tone, Abdul is going back to her roots. She’ll be the lead expert on the CBS reality competition “Live to Dance.” Joining her on the expert panel (there are no judges here) are Travis Payne, a choreographer for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It,” and Kimbery Wyatt, a former member of the Pussycat Dolls.

The show is slated to air Wednesdays beginning Jan. 4, which may pit the 48-year-old entertainer against “Idol,” if the show reboots as it typically does in the second week of January. (Fox has not announced the premiere date for Season 10 of “Idol.”) But like the contestants vying for a spot on her show, Abdul isn’t afraid of failure.

“It’s OK to fall on your butt, I’ve made a career out of it,” Abdul said when speaking on rejection. “So what? I’m still here. It’s all about taking chances.”

Her latest “chance” brought her to CenterStaging studios in Burbank, where hundreds of dance-loving hopefuls lined up Thursday for the first round of auditions on the West Coast.

“They know that I come from their world,” Abdul said. “It swells my heart. I get nervous when I’m pulling up in the car. Driving up today, I was like ‘Wait a minute. I’m not ready. I have to go to the bathroom. I can’t do this.’ ”
Turning spirited contestants away is nothing new to Abdul. The singer-dancer served as a judge on "Idol" from the show's start in 2002, where her cheerleading role and sometimes-outlandish antics helped catapult the show to success. She left the franchise at the end of Season 8 after tense negotiations with Fox to renew her contract went downhill.

“I watched the show last season, objectively, as a fan,” Abdul said. “I’m a fan of the show, regardless of my involvement. And I will remain that.”

Her exit was the first of many on the panel — Simon Cowell, Ellen Degeneres and Kara DioGuardi have since left the show. Fox recently announced Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler as the judges for the 10th season, along with veteran Randy Jackson.

While Abdul touted the additions as “seasoned entertainers” and asked “the heavens above” to supply them with the same amount of fun she had, she was also quick note the loss in what had made “Idol” special.

“It’s a completely different show now,” she said. “But, you know, change is necessary at times. It’s really difficult to try to duplicate lightning in a bottle with the chemistry that just worked with Randy, Simon and myself. We’re the original family. I’m glad Randy is there at the helm and that Ryan’s there. There needs to be some of that familiarity there. But it’s not the same.”

Asked whether she might reunite with Simon Cowell on his U.S. version of “The X-Factor” in 2011, Abdul was coy:

“Right now my concentration is solely on this show … and my Chihuahuas. It’s extremely difficult to think about anything other than ‘Live to Dance’ … at this moment.”

By: Yvonne Villarreal

Thursday, October 28, 2010

NEWS: 'Dance' Gets A Head-Start On 'Idol'

CBS show to trot out a week before FOX skein.

With Paula Abdul in its arsenal, CBS is looking to get a jump on Fox's "American Idol" juggernaut.

Eye will launch Abdul's new dancing competish, "Live to Dance," with a two-hour special on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. The show will then move into its regular one-hour Wednesday night slot the following night, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m.

Move would seemingly give "Live to Dance" a one-week head start on "Idol," which usually launches the second week of January. Last year's 10th edition, for example, bowed with a two-night premiere on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

Scheduling sets the stage for a smackdown between Abdul and her former "Idol" employers in week two, however. "Live to Dance" will go live starting with the Jan. 12 show -- which almost certainly will go up against "Idol."

"Live to Dance's" Jan. 4 premiere will focus on auditions in New York and Los Angeles, with the show's contestants picked at the end of the hour.

The following night, the Jan. 5 episode will feature a "dance off" among contenders who had just missed being picked. Those second-chance winners will become a part of the show's 18 contestants.

"Live to Dance's" live episodes start Jan. 12 with the first six dance acts competing, and two winners advancing. After three rounds, the six remaining dance acts will compete for the final prize: $500,000.

Abdul will serve as a judge along with Travis Payne and Kimberly Wyatt; Andrew Gunsberg is host.

The "Live to Dance" format comes from Princess Prods. and Shine TV. Reveille is behind the show, which is exec produced by Elisabeth Murdoch, Howard T. Owens, Abdul, James Sunderland, Anthony Dominici and Robin Ashbrook.

"Live to Dance" will bridge the gap between "Survivor" cycles in the Wednesday 8 p.m. slot.

By Michael Schneider

PAPARAZZI: Photo Coverage From Today's Casting Call For 'Live To Dance' In Burbank, CA

Go to the Broadway World website and check out some great pictures of Paula arriving to today's auditions in Burbank, CA.

NEWS: 'Opposites Attract' As Paula Abdul Takes On ‘American Idol’

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Paula Abdul’s new dance show, “Live to Dance,” will be scheduled against her former singing show, “American Idol.”

CBS said Thursday that “Live to Dance” would start on Tuesday, Jan. 4, and then move to an 8 p.m. time slot on Wednesday. The announcement gained notice because Fox has tentatively scheduled the weekly results shows for “Idol” on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Fox has not yet said what week in January “Idol” will return.

Ms. Abdul was a judge on “Idol” until last year. On “Live to Dance,”
she will be a judge, a mentor and an executive produce. Earlier this month CBS announced that the show would be hosted by Andrew Günsberg, a former co-host of “Australian Idol,” and that Ms. Abdul would be joined by two other judges, Travis Payne and Kimberly Wyatt.

On the series, which will be shown live on Wednesdays, a wide range of amateur dancers will compete for a $500,000 prize.


NEWS: Tickets To Paula Abdul's New CBS Dance Show LIVE TO DANCE!

Paula Abdul is back on T.V. and hosting CBS's new dance competition, Live to Dance…AND ALL TICKETS ARE FREE!

Live to Dance is THE new dance competition and you can see it live. Based on the hit British series Got to Dance, the show is travelling the country to find the best dancers for the upcoming season and they will be in Los Angeles for TWO DAYS ONLY this weekend. This is the first taping EVER and you can join Paula in the live television audience as California’s best dancers compete live! The show is next Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st and the minimum age to attend is 14. CBS is building a small, intimate dome at DODGER STADIUM just for this taping and space is limited. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be part of Paula’s new television phenomenon as it tapes for the first time ever! For more information and to print a free ticket, please use the link below:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NEWS: Paula Abdul Chats With Jennifer & Mike From Sophie@103.7

Paula continues her morning chats, this time with San Diego Station, Sophie@103.7 FM Morning Show with Jennifer & Mike.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

NEWS: Paula Abdul Talks To Gary & Lisa On K-EARTH 101FM Morning Show

Listen to Paula talk about her new show with Gary Bryan and Lisa Stanley from K-EARTH 101FM Morning Show, this morning!

Monday, October 25, 2010

NEWS: Paula Abdul Chats 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest'

This morning Paula Abdul phoned in to 'On Air with Ryan Seacrest' to chat about her new show. Click to listen to the interview:

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NEWS: Paula Abdul Looking For 'Unique' Dancers For New Show

Photo By: Scott Kirkland/INF

Paula Abdul has a tip for anyone trying out for her new show: Don't bore her.

"We want people that are unique and passionate about dancing and ones that will show me something I haven't seen before," Abdul told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show Monday of her new competition show on CBS, Live to Dance.

The former American Idol judge says viewers will be treated to a no-holds-barred approach to dance.

"We're looking for all forms of dance and you can be any age, any style of dance, [and] any number of people or individuals can get on stage," she says. Abdul also recommends that dancers "fuse styles together," suggesting a tap-dancer could perform with a hip-hop group in the same number.

Despite her excitement for the new project, Abdul confesses to Seacrest that she still pines for the days she worked with him and Simon Cowell on Idol, telling the radio host, "I miss you guys so much."

Live to Dance will premiere on CBS in January.

Got rhythm? The next round of auditions will be Thursday at 8 a.m. at CenterStaging in Burbank, Calif.

By Sara Hammel

Sunday, October 24, 2010

NEWS: Paula Abdul To Emcee 16th Annual Intercontinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball 11/6/10

Pop Culture Icon Paula Abdul To Emcee The 16th Annual Intercontinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball.

Saturday, November 6
7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8:30 p.m. Dinner, Live Auction, Celebrity Entertainment, Dancing

InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza Miami, FL

Tables, wishes and other sponsorship opportunities can be purchased by calling 954.967.9474, extension 318, or by visiting

InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Enter the Dragon Nightclub to follow
Reservations for the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub After Party with the Jersey Boys can be made at 305-695-4410 or

Star of CBS’ new show Live To Dance to bring star power to raise funds for Southern Florida children in need, November 6, 2010

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida and InterContinental Miami will celebrate the 16th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball with an Asian-inspired, Zen-like theme. With world-recognized host Paula Abdul as the emcee of the much-buzzed-about live auction, an energetic live performance by Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys and the third anniversary of the Ball’s InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub, the evening will undoubtedly capture the “Art of the Wish.”

“This year’s Ball is destined to be the most memorable yet,” said Norman Wedderburn, President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. “We have a very special and impactful line-up of events planned this year that, when coupled with the impressive list of participants and supporters – most notably, Paula Abdul – will make for an unforgettable evening and the perfect celebration following a record-breaking year of wish granting.”

The Ball’s “Three Amigos” – President/CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, Norm Wedderburn; Ball Chairman Shareef Malnik, proprietor of The Forge | Restaurant and Wine Bar; and, InterContinental Miami’s General Manager Robert Hill – have together made the Ball a reality. Hill stated, “It is an honor to again join forces with these two outstanding gentlemen for a cause that has become near and dear to my heart and all of us here at the InterContinental Miami. With their contagious energy, unwavering support of South Florida’s kind-hearted philanthropists and the plentitude of enticing auction items, I have no doubt we will exceed our expectations yet again this year. Other notable contributors include Lifetime Benefactors Al and Nancy Malnik; Grand Benefactors Stanley and Gala Cohen; Founding Benefactors Howard and Barbara Glicken; and Wish Star Benefactor James L. Ferraro, as well as Wish Benefactors Harvey and Roberta Chaplin, Stuart A. Miller of Lennar Corporation and Robert Press of Trafalgar Capital Advisors.

Upon arrival, guests will immediately experience the excitement of this year’s Ball as they transcend into an Asian realm reminiscent of their great cultures. Produced by Javier Velarde of Triton Productions, the hotel’s mezzanine will be transformed by Geishas, Samurai swordsmen, ribbon dancers, a gigantic Orange Blossom tree and other Asian visions that will be brought to life by the palpable energy of live Taiko drummers.

During the cocktail reception, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktail stations while having the opportunity to bid on more than 130 premier items donated by top hospitality, entertainment, fashion and luxury brands

Highlights include a guitar autographed by John Mayer; children’s Mercedes-Benz ride-on SUV; luxury goods by Betsey Johnson, Valentino, Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg, Longchamp USA, Judith Ripka and more; and hospitality packages that range from local Miami stay-cations to destination packages such as a week-long luxury stay in the Grand Cayman Islands, and a number of worldwide travel experiences courtesy of the InterContinental Hotels and Resorts: InterContinental Athens, InterContinental Boston, InterContinental Carlton Cannes, InterContinental Chicago, InterContinental Le Grand Paris, InterContinental Madrid, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, InterContinental, InterContinental Monte Lucia, InterContinental New Orleans, InterContinental The Barclay New York, InterContinental Rio de Janeiro, InterContinental Toronto Yorkville and InterContinental Willard Washington DC, among others.

Following the reception, resident Ball and Miami Heat celebrity beat-master DJ Irie will lead guests into the main ballroom with lively music along with the aroma of Chef Feher’s decadent dinner. After the 4 course meal, the Ball’s famous action-packed live auction will ensue and will be emceed by none other than Paula Abdul, host of some of the world’s most notable television and award shows, who recently announced her venture as creative partner, executive producer and lead expert on a panel of judges for CBS’s new show Live To Dance.

Up for bid will be a 2011 Ferraro 458 Italia donated by Ken Gorin of The Collection; a walk-on role for the film Tower Heist starring Ben Stiller, donated by director Brett Ratner; another walk-on roll for the USA Network’s hit show Burn Notice, filmed on-site in Miami; a $30,000 gift certificate for Rene Ruiz Couture provided by the designer himself; the ultimate Los Angeles Jet-Setting weekend getaway courtesy of Jason Binn and Niche Media; a luxurious Judith Ripka-inspired New York City experience complete with a $5,000 shopping piece from the designer’s collection; and an all-expenses-paid getaway to chic hotspot St. Barth’s, as well as a spectacular tour of the Orient with accommodations courtesy of InterContinental Hotels.

After the auction, guests will be entertained with a live grand finale performance by Tony Award-winning music production Jersey Boys, a story-like show based on the lives of famed 1960s rock-‘n’-roll group, The Four Seasons.

For the third year in a row, the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub “Enter the Dragon” will celebrate and support the Ball’s endeavors as well as introduce the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida to the next generation of contributors. “The InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub has been instrumental in raising awareness of the Ball and its mission to an entirely new group — a generation we hope will one day be our new lifetime benefactors and ultimately continue the power of the wish,” said Gala Chairman Malnik. You need to mention the fashion show by Nicole Miller – Michael Capponi, The Capponi Group and Antonio Misuraca – reservations for the After Party can be made at 305-695-4410 or

Tables for the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball range from $5,000 to $20,000. Wish Sponsorships start at $5,000. Tables, wishes and other sponsorship opportunities can be purchased by calling 954.967.9474, extension 318, or by visiting

The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In its 15-year history, the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball has raised in excess of $8.6 million. With these much needed funds, the Foundation has been able to grant more than 1,900 wishes for deserving children in our community. Past VIP guests of the Ball have included Pamela Anderson, Sharon Stone, Kim Kardashian, Esteban Cortazar, Governor Charlie Crist, Scottie and Larsa Pippen, Russell Simmons, Venus and Serena Williams, Don King, Sex in the City’s Candace Bushnell, Marcus Schenkenberg, Pauly Shore, and performers Macy Gray, Natalie Cole and Wyclef Jean, Bernadette Peters, the late Nell Carter, Ricki Lake, Deborah Gibson, the Beatles tribute band Beatlemania and The Honey Brothers featuring Adrian Grenier.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

HEAD OVER HEELS: 8x10 US Promotional Photo

Issued by Virgin Records 4/95

Photo by: Walter Chin

CASSETTE: 'Head Over Heels' Malaysian PROMO Album Sampler

Ultra-RARE 4 Track Cassette Sampler for the 'Head Over Heels' release issued in Malaysia.

Side A:
01. If I Were Your Girl
02. My Love Is For Real

Side B:
01. Crazy Cool
02. Never Knew It

1995 EMI/Virgin Records Malaysia, INT103.

VIDEO/DVD: Drop Dead Diva: The Complete First Season (2009)

Season 1 of Drop Dead Diva was released on DVD on June 1, 2010. Paula's stars in Episode 8: The Dress & Episode 12: Grayson's Anatomy. You can order your copy at Amazon.

Enjoy this clip of Paula talking 'Drop Dead Diva' & 'Idol'.

Friday, October 22, 2010

NEWS: Paula Abdul Discusses Her New Show, The 'American Idol' Judges And Whether She'll Reunite With Simon On 'The X-Factor'

Image Credit: Tina Gill/PR


PhotosFormer American Idol judge Paula Abdul was recently in NYC promoting her new dance competition show, Live to Dance, which will premiere on CBS this January. And — as luck would have it! — we got the chance to catch up with the “Straight Up” songstress. Abdul, of course, wanted to mostly keep the focus on the hundreds of sets of twinkle toes that were there to audition for the talent competition, but we managed to sneak in a few questions about American Idol and the upcoming X-Factor. Click on the video below to hear her thoughts on her new CBS dance show, as well as what she has to say about American Idol‘s new judging panel, if the show (without Simon!) can still be successful going forward, and whether she might reunite with Cowell on X-Factor‘s judging panel next fall.

She's a bit cagey, no? But, did you glean anything from Ms. Paula's thoughts on Live to Dance, American Idol, and X-Factor?

by Tanner Stransky

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Downloadable Audition Materials @ 'Live To Dance' Website - L.A. Auditions 10/28/2010

Are you thinking about auditioning to be on Paula's new show? Go to and download your application.

The Los Angeles auditions are on Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ Center Staging in Burbank, CA. Check in begins on @ 8:00AM.

Good Luck!!!

AD: Paula Abdul For SAMSON

In 1992 Samson Technologies used this image of Paula performing during her 1991 "Under My Spell" Tour to promote the Wireless Samson UHF. The ad ran mostly in musician/industry only magazines in the US.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

VIDEO: Kat Graham 'Cold Hearted Snake' (Official Music Video)

Watch "The Vampire Diaries" Star Kat Graham's cover of Paula's classic number one hit single 'Cold Hearted'.

PAPARAZZI: Paula Abdul Leaves Auditions

Photo by Christopher Peterson/

American pop singer and former American Idol judge Paula Abdul was seen leaving her hotel after holding auditions for her new CBS TV show 'Live To Dance' in New York City.

'Straight Up' Brazilian PROMO 12" Single

A RARE release from Brazil with an exclusive Billboard cover of Paula's 'Straight Up' single sitting in the #1 position in the HOT 100 Charts.

Side A: Roxette - The Look
Side B: Paula Abdul - Straight Up

EMI/Virgin Records Brazil, 9951137.

Monday, October 18, 2010

PHOTO: 'Straight Up' LIVE From The "Under My Spell" Tour

Here is a RARE image of Paula performing 'Straight Up' during her 1991 leg of her "Under My Spell" tour in the US.

Yu Kuang Music (TAIWAN) Magazine, July 1995

NEWS: CBS Announces Paula's New Show & Grand Prize!

Live to Dance
$500,000 Grand Prize!
Coming soon to CBS

Attention Dancers: Open Calls! -- NYC & LA Open Call Auditions

• NEW YORK CITY, NY - Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Jacob Javits Convention Center of New York
655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
Check-in begins at 8:00 am
(Callbacks are Oct. 16 and 17, please plan accordingly)

• LOS ANGELES, CA - Thursday, October 28, 2010
Center Staging
3407 Winona Ave.
Burbank, CA 91504
Check-in begins at 8:00 AM
(Callbacks are Oct. 30 and 31, please plan accordingly)

The final round of auditions take place the weekend following each open call date - please plan accordingly.

Just Announced!
CBS announced the host and panel of experts for the new reality-competition series, LIVE TO DANCE with Paula Abdul. Executive producer, lead expert and mentor Paula Abdul will be joined by host Andrew Günsberg and fellow experts, choreographer Travis Payne and singer/dancer Kimberly Wyatt. LIVE TO DANCE represents one of the most inclusive talent searches on television, searching for dancers with raw ability from any age group across the nation performing either solo or in a group.

Recently, Andrew Günsberg served as co-host of 'Australian Idol,' as well as host of the nationally syndicated radio countdown, 'Take 40 Australia.' Additionally, Günsberg was host of Australia's Network Ten quiz show series, 'The ConTest.'

Abdul will be joined on the panel of experts by Travis Payne and Kimberly Wyatt, both of whom bring an extensive dance and choreography resume to the series. All three experts will give their input to contestants during the audition, performance and elimination process.

Most recently, Travis Payne was featured as choreographer/associate director to Kenny Ortega on 'This Is It,' as well as associate producer for the documentary which chronicled Michael Jackson's last days as he prepared for his worldwide concert tour. He is a multiple Emmy Award nominee who has worked with such acts as Michael Jackson, Usher, Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Janet Jackson. Payne has also received three American Choreography awards and numerous MTV Video Music Awards for outstanding choreography.

Kimberly Wyatt was an original member of the recording group, The Pussycat Dolls. Most recently, she served as one of the judges on the UK series, 'Got to Dance,' upon which LIVE TO DANCE is based. Wyatt's extensive dance career includes working with such acts as the Black Eyed Peas and Nick Lachey. She is also a recipient of an MTV VMA Award for Best Dancing in a Video and Best Dance Video.

Dancers who are eager to demonstrate their talents will have an opportunity during the series' two upcoming open casting calls. The first takes place Thursday, Oct. 14 in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center. The second open casting call will be held in Los Angeles on Oct. 28 (location TBD). The most talented dancers who receive call backs will be asked to attend another round of auditions at the series' 'Dance Domes' in New York and Los Angeles, which will be held on the weekends following the open casting call dates. Dancers are encouraged to visit prior to attending the open calls for registration information.

About the Show
CBS will hold open casting calls for the Network's new reality-competition series with Paula Abdul, LIVE TO DANCE (formerly titled 'Got to Dance') in New York City on Thursday, Oct. 14 and Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 28. Exact locations for the casting calls will be announced shortly.

Dancers who want the opportunity to showcase their talents are encouraged to attend the open calls and show why they deserve to be a contestant on LIVE TO DANCE. The most talented and entertaining dancers will receive a callback to audition for Abdul and the panel of experts, all world-class dancers themselves. Callbacks will take place Saturday and Sunday after each open call date.

In one of the most inclusive talent searches on television, dancers with raw ability, in any age group from across the nation (either performing solo or in a group) can audition in any form of dancing - ballet to break dance, tap to tango, or show us something we've never seen before with your own unique fusion of styles - rock ballet, hip-hop clogging or contemporary mixed with capoeira. The most talented dancers who make it through the callback process will have the chance to perform live on CBS in the semi-finals and finals, where they will battle for the right to be crowned LIVE TO DANCE champion and be awarded a $500,000 prize.

Paula Abdul, award-winning dancer/choreographer and multi-platinum recording artist, is executive producer and lead judge. She will also serve as coach, mentor and advocate for contestants during the performances and elimination process, sharing input and guidance while sharing her experience with hopeful contestants.

NEWS: Abdul, 'Personality Important On Dance'


Paula Abdul has reportedly said that personality is important on her new reality show Live To Dance.

The former American Idol judge is currently filming the audition stage of the upcoming CBS competition, which aims to find the best amateur dancer or dance group in America.

Speaking to the New York Daily News at the first round of try-outs in New York, the singer and dancer said that she enjoys watching performers who bring something extra to their routines.

"I can watch a technically trained dancer who can execute the most perfect pirouettes and grand jetes and I can watch a dancer who aspires to do that and they may not be perfect, but their heart just oozes out of them," she explained.

"They know how to fill those empty spaces with the right angle of their head, or the right added touch that makes you go, 'That's so much more interesting to me.'"

She has also been posting updates from the various audition days on her Twitter account, revealing that everyone from 5 years olds to senior citizens have been in line.

"There were people who came & they didn't just audition, they did a full on PERFORMANCE! (sic)" she added. "They OWNED their audition w/ creativity & passion!"

Abdul previously said that the aim of the show - which also boasts Kimberly Wyatt and choreographer Travis Payne as judges - is to "encourage people who excel in different areas of dance".

Live To Dance premieres on CBS next year.

Monday, October 18 2010, 8:55am EDT
By Lara Martin, News Editor

NEWS: Paula Abdul To Be Joined By Kimberly Wyatt On 'Live To Dance'


In addition to the former member of The Pussy Dolls, the former 'American Idol' judge will also be joined by Michael Jackson's choreographer Travis Payne on the judging panel.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

VIDEO: Paula Dishes On 'Idol,' New Reality Show

Incase you missed Shozbiz Tonight on Friday, here's the video:

NEWS: Paula Abdul Moves On From 'Idol' To Judge A New Talent On 'Live To Dance'

Paula Abdul was on hand at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Thursday to judge auditions for CBS's new show 'Live to Dance.'

Photo By: Noonan for NY Daily News


A year after parting ways with "American Idol," Paula Abdul is aiming to prove singing isn't the only talent she can judge.

Her new role is to be lead expert on the upcoming CBS reality competition "Live to Dance," and the show brought her to the Jacob Javits Convention Center Thursday for the first round of auditions.

Star-struck hopefuls stopped stretching and warming up to shriek Abdul's name, and some even got to chat with their idol.

"I was driving up and I was seeing how many people were wrapped around the blocks," Abdul says. "It brought a smile to my face in the sense that it brings me back to when I was a young kid. I was one of those kids that would wait in line for hours and hours just to get a chance to do what I love.

"Whether I made the audition or not, it just was the love of putting yourself out there and doing what you love," adds the 48-year-old singer and dancer. "In most cases, I didn't [make the cut.] I was rejected time and time again."

Turning hopefuls away is something Abdul had to do on "Idol," where she served as a judge from the show's start in 2002 until the end of Season 8. She didn't return last season after talks to renew her contract went downhill.

Abdul takes on the task again for "Live to Dance," but says the format isn't as strict. Unlike other competitions, there are no age limits, and all styles are welcome, as well as both groups and solo performers. With contestants as young as 4 as Thursday's audition, the harsh Simon Cowell-style of judging doesn't hold up.

"We're not there to just judge and criticize," Abdul says. "We're there to lend our expertise and also inspire them to keep pushing and stretching the boundaries of where their comfort zone is.

"It's not a show that we make them do a dance form that they're not comfortable with," she adds. "We're celebrating their own unique niche. And then we're expanding it from there."

Like with "Idol," personality can sometimes trump perfection.

"I can watch a technically trained dancer who can execute the most perfect pirouettes and grand jetés," Abdul says. "And I can watch a dancer who aspires to do that and they may not be perfect, but their heart just oozes out of them. They know how to fill those empty spaces with the right angle of their head, or the right added touch that makes you go, 'That's so much more interesting to me.'"

The show's premiere is set for some time early next year. Joining Abdul on the expert panel are Kimberly Wyatt, a former member of the Pussycat Dolls, and Travis Payne, a choreographer for Michael Jackson's "This Is It."

Those who made it through will face Abdul and the other experts this weekend in New Jersey's Liberty State Park.

Although Abdul is looking forward to her new show, she says a year out of the spotlight can work wonders.

"Taking a little bit of time off, I recommend it to people who get caught up working, working, working," she says. "You have to have some negative space to have proper perspective in your life."

BY Gina Salamone

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

LYRICS: Dancin' Machine

Yo Paula, Break It Down

Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!
Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!
Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!
Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!

Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!
She's a dancin' machine

Ah, baby
Do it baby

Automatic, systematic
Full of color self contained
Tuned and gentle to your vibes.

Captivating, stimulating,
She's such a sexy lady,
Filled with space-age design

She's movin', she's groovin'
Dancin' until the music stops now, yeah

Rhytematic, acrobatic
She's a dynamite attraction
At the drop of a coin she comes alive, yeah
She knows what she's doin', she's super bad now,
That chick will really blow your mind

A do the bop, A do the bop and don't ya stop
A do the bop, A do the bop until your drop
A do the bop, A do the bop baby
A do the bop, A do the bop and don't stop

Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!
Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!
Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!
Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!

Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!
She's a dancin' machine

Ah, baby
Do it baby
Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'!
She's a dancin' machine
Ah, baby
Do it baby

A come on' baby
She's a dance, dance, dance, dance, dancin' machine
Watch her get down, Watch her get down

Shake it baby
She's a dance, dance, dance, dance, dancin' machine
Watch her get down, Watch her get down


(Dancin', Dancin', Dancin')

A do the bop, A do the bop and don't ya stop
A do the bop, A do the bop until your drop
A do the bop, A do the bop baby
A do the bop, A do the bop and don't stop

Produced By: Nile Rodgers
Engineered By: Gary Tole & Jeffery Thomas
Recorded at: Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA.

Originally planned for release for Paula's 1997 Greatest Hits Collection that was eventualy shelved.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

AMERICAN IDOL: Rolling Stone Pop Culture 2011 Wall Calendar

You can now purchase your copy of Rolling Stone's 2011 Pop Culture Wall Calendar featuring an image of Paula and fellow AI judges Simon & Randy from their Rolling Stone cover shot.

Go to the amazon website to order your copy today.

NEWS: American Humane Association Recognizes Paula Abdul for Her Support of the Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS)® Program

Paula get's honored:

October 07, 2010 01:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time

American Humane Association Recognizes Paula Abdul for Her Support of the Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS)® Program

Celebrity Served as Spokesperson and Raised Funds for Program’s Expansion

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Humane Association, the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, has recognized recording artist and performer Paula Abdul for her support of the organization’s Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS)® Program. The PAWS Program protects pets from domestic violence by keeping families and their beloved pets together when fleeing abusive situations.

“It is our great pleasure to confer on Paula Abdul this award of recognition dedicated to the outreach she has performed, not only for PAWS, but for the entire American Humane Association” Abdul’s extensive support included serving as a spokesperson, recording a public service announcement, raising awareness of the program among domestic violence shelters, and raising funds to support the program’s expansion, including auctioning designer items from her personal wardrobe.

“It is our great pleasure to confer on Paula Abdul this award of recognition dedicated to the outreach she has performed, not only for PAWS, but for the entire American Humane Association,” said Dale Austin, chief operating officer. “Thanks in part to her, the lives of many women, children and pets in dire need have benefited and improved.”

The PAWS Program acknowledges the vital role of human-animal interaction by working with domestic violence shelters to accommodate pets on-site and thus allow women to bring their pets with them — keeping women, their children and their pets safe, and enabling them to enjoy the comfort of each other’s company as they make a major life change together.