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Saturday, 19 June 2010

The Quotable Paula Abdul ... from All-American cheerleader to American Idol

The Quotable Paula Abdul ... from All-American cheerleader to American Idol

Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul (born on this day in 1962) is a multi-talented performer having had six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, won a Grammy [for Best Music Video - Short Form for Opposites Attract] and has two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography.

Here is a selection of quotations and critical reviews that go some way to summing up Paula and her career ...  

"I will never forget my humble beginnings as a Laker Girl. It was probably one of the most fun jobs I ever had."

On her first major choreography gig - "My only problem was how to tell the Jacksons how to dance [on their Torture video]. Imagine me telling them what routines to do. I was young, I was scared. I'm not quite sure how I got through that."

On her brand of choreography - "When people expect me to go right, I'll go left. I'm unpredictable."

"My choreography suits men very well, and the women who can do it are damn hard, strong dancers."

"My videos stand the test of time. They are like the almanac for every performer. Even Rhianna has come up to me and said ‘I hope you don’t mind.’ And Beyonce. You can see the influence of what I’ve done. It’s really fun to see that I’ve left a mark. It was my idea to create an animated character. It takes a lot of focus, a lot time, and a lot of money."

"I stand on principle where many people stand on money."

"Keep the faith, don't lose your perseverance and always trust your gut instinct."

"The cool part of being an entertainer is getting the opportunity to get your feet wet in all areas."


Paula on her fellow American Idol judge -
"Can you imagine Simon Cowell as a kid? His imaginary friends probably never wanted to play with him."

"I welcome him like I welcome cold sores. He's from England, he's angry and he's got Mad Power Disease."

"Simon would not want to audition in front of Simon."


Paula and Simon definitely have different ways of expressing their opinions as Paula explained her kinder method ...
"Constructive criticism is about finding something good and positive to soften the blow to the real critique of what really went on."


And Paula should know the effects of positive and negative criticism as her career has seen the critics place her at both ends of the spectrum ...

"Paula has made it OK for the girl who isn’t elegant or sophisticated to dance. Whereas if you put on a Smokey Robinson track, you’d figure a girl would have to do beautiful Ballet moves."
Julie Brown in The New York Times (1990)

"Paula Abdul is the Doris Day of dance music."
Jay Cocks in Time magazine (1991)

"Opposites Attract, featuring Abdul’s pas de deux with animated home-feline Skat Kat, is terrific fun, updating the Gene Kelly-Jerry Mouse number from Anchors Aweigh with Roger Rabbit slickness."
Glenn Kenny in Entertainment Weekly (1992)

"If Paula were a movie star, she’d be Demi Moore. Neither woman possesses great beauty or awe-inspiring talent, and neither exactly radiates intelligence or natural charm. Both have been able to transcend these limitations, however, by simply out-sweating the competition. These ladies work hard for the money, and so do their publicists and personal trainers."
Elysa Gardner in Rolling Stone magazine (1995)

"Let’s talk about Lily Allen, shall we? To be honest, I’d generally rather not, never having been the biggest fan of her singing style - whispering-to-cover-up-the-lack-of-ability not being my favourite approach; I generally prefer an 80s soprano - you know, like Paula Abdul."
Hadley Freeman in The Guardian (2008)

"Note to Dancing With The Stars producers: How about getting real dancers going against real dancers? Here’s where Paula Abdul could shine. Stick her against Ben Vereen, Savion Glover, Chita Rivera and Debbie Allen and we might just have a show.”
Bruce Miller in The Sioux City Journal (2009)


"On American Idol, Paula Abdul has always seemed to struggle just to form sentences, let alone to add something worthwhile to the discussion. This is why I’ve been fast-forwarding through her inane, repetitive comments as long as I can remember. Her remarks rank up there with pharmaceutical drug commercials and disturbing horror movie trailers … Paula is exactly the sort of person who should never, ever have been invited to appear on television in the first place."
Heather Havrilesky on Salon.com (2009)


Quotations and sayings taken from

The Quotable Dancer 
(1300 Humorous Dance Quotations from Stage and Screen)

Dancing With The Quotes
(1000 Humorous Dance Quotations)

The Quotable Critic
(2000 Comical Celebrity Cheapshots from the 21st Century)

To Bitch or Not To Bitch
(1500 Girl-on-Girl Celebrity Insults)

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