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Paula Abdul: 'Steve Edwards Started My Career'

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Paula Abdul has just wrapped up a season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance Australia’ where she was the lead judge. Tomorrow night, she's taking part in the Dizzy Feet Foundation's Fourth Annual "Celebration Of Dance" Gala.

Fun facts about Paula Abdul: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an American singer, choreographer, songwriter, dancer, and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era. Abdul later scored a string of pop music 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 topped the chart. She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography".

2) After her initial period of success, Abdul suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life. She saw renewed fame and success as an original judge on American Idol in the 2000s, which she left after the eighth season. She went on to star on CBS' short-lived television series Live to Dance, which lasted one season in 2011, and was subsequently a judge on the first season of the American version of The X Factor along with her former American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell, the creator and producer of the show. She was also a guest judge on the All-Stars edition of Dancing with the Stars in 2012 and the tenth season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2013, and more recently has become a permanent judge for the Australian version of the show for its 2014 revival.

3) Abdul was discovered by The Jacksons, after a few of the band members had watched her while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game. She was signed to do the choreography for the video to their single "Torture". "My only problem was how to tell the Jacksons how to dance," Abdul later recalled. "Imagine me telling them what routines to do. I was young, I was scared. I'm not quite sure how I got through that." The success of the choreography in the video led to Abdul's career of choreographer in music videos. It was also due to the success of the video that Abdul was chosen to be the choreographer for the Jacksons' Victory tour.

The Dizzy Feet's Foundation's Celebration Of Dance is Saturday, July 19th at the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Follow Paula Abdul  on Twitter: @PaulaAbdul

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