Paula Abdul

Staying On The Same Team As The Body

Paula Abdul. Healthy Living Magazine, Yana Mandeville

Paula Abdul. Healthy Living Magazine, Yana Mandeville

Part 1 of 4

Discovered by the Jacksons in the early 80s, Paula soon rose to success by becoming choreographer to Janet Jackson and The Jacksons’ Victory Tour.

From being a star on her own as a vocalist and dancer, to being a judge on top television shows such as American Idol, X Factor and currently So You Think You Can Dance, Paula has become one of the few stars to ever have a triumphant career spanning three decades, making her an inspiration to young talents of several generations. Being foremost a dancer with a petite figure, Paula has a lifelong protocol for a fit, healthy and active body and passionately shares her expertise in this interview.

HealthyLivinG: Congratulations on joining “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Paula Abdul: Thank you very much.

HealthyLivinG: Where are you now with the auditions?

Paula Abdul: We just finished our auditions. We finished with Los Angeles and now all that’s left is a month from now we have a callback for a week in Las Vegas.

Read: Sharon Stone interview

HealthyLivinG: You’ve been a judge on American Idol, in addition to several dance competitions. How different is judging dance from singing competitions? What do you find more fun?

Paula Abdul: Because I’ve been blessed to have both in my life, for me it’s just dealing with talent, and talent is talent. It’s getting into the spirit and psyche of the performer and watching them create magical moments. The only difference is the genre. It’s still talent putting themselves out there. But it’s wonderful. One is hearing incredible voices, and the other one is watching the body tell a story. They’re both just wonderful.

Read: Grammy's New Hit

HealthyLivinG: What do you find is the most challenging thing about being a judge on these shows? Is it about the hectic schedule or the actual judging?

Paula Abdul: As far as the traveling, that stuff is always wear and tear. The real part is the hard work in doing these television shows is the traveling and holding auditions, long days of watching hundreds of dancers or hundreds of singers.

Read: Helen Hunt interview

But I think because I’ve always been a teacher. The way I started my career was I was teaching dance camps and conventions and cheerleading camps and conventions. I’ve always been a teacher and I enjoy doing that, and I feel that the perspective I come from both in judging these competition shows, whether it’s singing or dancing, is that I’ve had a career that has come from a very unique perspective. I started my whole career because I became famous below the line, rolling my sleeves up and working with talent and helping them take flight. I was working with iconic talent helping to create a different point of view in their performance.

So when I watch and judge, for instance, the dancers on “So You Think You Can Dance,” I’m looking at it completely differently from Nigel or Jason because I had a career as a very successful choreographer, and I stepped in front and had a very successful career as a performer. So I’m looking at it from a whole different view. I can see the rawness of something that’s flawed, and I can see when they finish the journey that they can actually end up winning. I can see the unfinished, flawed part chipping away and see how great they’re going to be. And as a choreographer, I’m able to understand just how much better they’ll do when they are taught by some of the choreographers that are on the show. So I don’t find it hard. For me, it’s a natural part of my history.

Read: Red Carpet Coach

Read: Part 2 of 4

Photography by Nick Saglimbeni for SlickforceStudio
comments powered by Disqus