by David Borzo
The temperature is being turned up for the final 2013 SmartTalk Connected Conversations™ next week with Paula Abdul, the pop idol, dancing star, top–40 diva and of course famous American Idol judge. But long before she became that always interesting and sometimes controversial idol judge, she was a performer at the highest levels of the entertainment business. In fact her talents got an early start in life, taking dance lessons when she was eight. With her idol being dancing icon Gene Kelly Paula was in multiple musical theatre groups and earned scholarships for college. Then, while still a freshman in college, she became a dancer for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers Cheerleading team, and the rest is history. Paula became head cheerleader/choreographer after only a few months with the Lakers, eventually dropping out of college to dance and choreograph full-time.
She was making quite a name for herself, and was then recruited by The Jacksons to choreograph their 1984 “Torture” video, the first in a long list of videos and movies she would choreograph. Then she branched out into singing with her first CD, “Forever Your Girl”, which included the single “Straight Up,” which exploded onto the charts in December 1988. “Straight Up” was a monster hit, and was later ranked on VH1’s 100 Greatest Dance Songs of all time.
The final speaker for the 2013 SmartTalk season, Paula Abdul’s appearance will be different than previous shows; the format will be a largely question and answer, with many questions being sent in by fans on the SmartTalk sites over the last weeks. There will be some surprises and it will undoubtedly be a great evening. Share with your community for this final SmartTalk – tickets are still available!