Andrew Celani -

Paula Abdul turns 50 today!

With that in mind, WODS would like to celebrate her birthday by tracing her career back to its roots, and how one famous pop group changed her life forever.

While attending Cal State Northridge as a broadcasting major, the young Abdul tried out for the Los Angeles Lakers cheerleading squad — the famed Laker Girls.

She was chosen from a pool of over 700 candidates, and within 3 months she was their lead choreographer. Shortly after that she dropped out of school completely to focus on her dance career — and timing is everything, as the saying goes.

It wasn’t long after leaving college that Abdul was discovered by The Jackson 5, after a few of their members attended a Lakers game. She was signed to do the choreography for their “Torture” music video.

Abdul recalls, “My only problem was how to tell the Jacksons how to dance. Imagine me telling them what routines to do. I was young, I was scared. I’m not quite sure how I got through that.”

Her career would take off after that, landing top choreography gigs for other music videos throughout the 80’s and 90’s. She became a singer and is now currently a reality TV show judge.

Join the conversation!

On Paula Abdul’s birthday, who’s your favorite judge on a TV reality/talent show? And is American Idol less fun without her?

Andrew Celani —


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