Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Paula Abdul: The Rhode Island X Factor

Photo of Kate DePetro with Paula Abdul Christmas night in East Greenwich.

Paula Abdul: “Caught in Providence.”

Move over Pauly D. There’s a new celebrity to be seen with on the Rhode Island scene. The multi-talented TV personality Paula Abdul has been spotted in various locations all over Southern New England leaving local fans, “Spellbound.” So what makes everyone’s favorite talent competition judge such a fan of the ocean state? Sources and onlookers say it’s because she’s been in the company of another well-known judge’s family. The hype began when Abdul was seen cheering on her nephew Austin Mandel, a Brown University senior who plays for the schools’ soccer team. From there Abdul was spotted alongside members of Providence Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio’s family.

Paula and her sister: Paula Abdul with her sister Wendy in East Greenwich.

Abdul, 49 made an appearance in neighboring Wareham, Mass at a Wines and More tasting with handsome store franchisee John Caprio, 40 earlier this week where she greeted fans with open arms; some reportedly brought to tears by her mere presence. From there Facebook and Twitter were buzzing with Abdul sightings in Sephora at the Providence Place Mall and at Cranston’s Garden City shopping center where she was spotted dining with former Rhode Island State Rep. David Caprio. She completed her tour of Garden City hitting up Newport Creamery for ice cream where, one staff member said, “We tried to play it cool; but customers were freaking out.” The, “Straight Up” singer has yet to disappoint local fans. “Paula doesn’t shake hands” says one source close to the Caprio family, “She gives hugs.”

Paula @ Brown photo caption: Paula Abdul poses with fans at a Brown soccer game.

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