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Inside the Touching Tribute to American Idol's Michael Johns

Inside the Touching Tribute to American Idol's Michael Johns

Originally posted 09/23/2014 06:00PM

News of Michael Johns's death came as a shock in August. A month and a half later, his family, friends and fans gathered to celebrate his life in music.

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Flashback: 31 Things That Defined the Summer of 1989

UpdatePosted 07/13/2014 04:00PM

31 Things That Defined the Summer of 1989

Originally posted 07/11/2014 04:55PM

Despite what Public Enemy may have said, 1989 wasn't just "another summer". Though history is rarely that neat, the final summer of the '80s saw the slow fade of many of the decade's icons, as well as the launch of some of the '90s' most enduring pop-culture institutions.

In terms of cultural legacy, the summer of '89 might not be able to compete with its predecessor of two decades prior – Woodstock and Bryan Adams will do that – but 25 years later, we're still feeling its impact.

Whether you remember it or not, relive the summer of acid wash, hair metal and Do the Right Thing below.

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UpdatePosted 04/24/2014 08:00PM

American Idol Stars Rockin' Out with Their Younger Selves

Originally posted 05/21/2014 06:00PM

As Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene battle in Wednesday night's American Idol finale, let's take a look at how far the Fox series' past contestants have come.

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How Did Malin Akerman Break Her Toe over Paula Abdul?

How Did Malin Akerman Break Her Toe over Paula Abdul?

Originally posted 01/09/2014 09:00AM

The Trophy Wife star and more People's Choice stars share the fan mail they sent to their favorite throwback celeb crushes

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Paula Abdul Planning a 'Belated Bat Mitzvah' in Israel | Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul Planning a 'Belated Bat Mitzvah' in Israel

Originally posted 11/03/2013 03:30PM

Paula Abdul, an award-winning singer, dancer, choreographer and TV personality, can add a new title to her resume: religious pilgrim.

The former American Idol and The X Factor judge is on her first trip to Israel, where she is connecting to her Jewish roots and planning on holding a belated Bat Mitzvah – the Jewish coming of age ceremony girls typically have at age 12 or 13.

"Beyond being Jewish, I've always found myself to be very much in tune with spirituality," the 51-year-old Abdul told the Associated Press. "I feel very grateful coming to Israel now, where as a woman I know who I am a lot more than even 10 years ago."

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POLL: Should Paula Abdul Become a Judge on Dancing with the Stars?

Dancing With the Stars

Paula Abdul Compares Dancing with the Stars to The Wizard of Oz

Originally posted 11/21/2012 11:15AM

There are many reasons why Paula Abdul would be a perfect fit to judge Dancing With the Stars.

The pop star and celebrity choreographer, who made her second appearance on the show this season this week, danced around rumors she may join the panel. But her enthusiasm for DWTS was apparent when she spoke with PEOPLE before her performance on Tuesday's results episode, which sent home Apolo Ohno and Emmitt Smith.

"Being a part of this show is truly an amazing experience because you walk on the set and it's like The Wizard of Oz," Abdul, 50, said Monday night. "Everyone is so excited to see what's being created, so much amazing talent here and they love to work hard. I would be honored if they invited me to clean the dressing rooms. In fact I've rented a couch in the back."

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Derek Hough Will Keep Bringing Out Shawn Johnson's 'Sexy' Side on DWTS | Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson

Dancing With the Stars

Derek Hough Will Keep Bringing Out Shawn Johnson's 'Sexy' Side on DWTS

Originally posted 10/16/2012 07:10AM

Paula Abdul called Shawn Johnson a "sexy young lady," following her near-perfect mambo on Dancing with the Stars Monday night – and the athlete's partner Derek Hough could not agree more.

"My goal when I first got Shawn as a partner was to take her from a young girl, sweet and innocent, to a mature woman – sexy," Hough, 27, told reporters backstage after their performance. "And to get those comments from the judges … made me feel great."

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Paula Abdul Gives Out Perfect 10s as DWTS Judge

Dancing With the Stars

Gilles Marini & Shawn Johnson Earn Perfect 10s on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 10/15/2012 10:10PM

With last week's double-elimination behind them, the remaining nine couples on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars were forced to perform a dance selected for them by one of their competitors.

And they had a famous face on board to assess them this week.

Paula Abdul joined the judges panel alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba for the night. Naturally, she brought her characteristic good cheer to the ABC show – and she notably awarded one of the season's first perfect 10s to Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd for their Bollywood-themed routine.

The couple also received 10s from Bruno and Carrie Ann, who told them, "Aladdin has nothing on you, Gilles Marini." Only Len was a holdout, though he gave the pair an impressive 9.5.

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Paula Abdul Is Happy Nicole Scherzinger Got Help for Bulimia | Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul Is Happy Nicole Scherzinger Got Help for Bulimia

Originally posted 10/11/2012 02:55PM

Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger have more in common than just formerly sharing a judges' table on The X Factor.

Scherzinger, 33, like Abdul, 50, overcame a longtime battle with bulimia, she reveals in a Behind the Music special, airing Sunday on VH1.

Abdul, who told PEOPLE in 1994 she was constantly "spitting out" her food and "feelings," says she is glad Scherzinger had the strength to reach out for support.

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Is Britney Spears Joining The X Factor? | Britney Spears, Simon Cowell

The X Factor

Britney Spears: Is She Joining The X Factor?

Originally posted 02/22/2012 07:35PM

First Janet, now Britney?

Less than a week after Janet Jackson sparked speculation that she may be joining The X Factor as a judge, Britney Spears is now the subject of casting buzz.

"Are we flattered that there could be interest? Yes," Simon Cowell told reporters on a conference call Wednesday, but wouldn't discuss what he thinks Spears would bring to the show as a judge. "I've learned a big lesson: keep your mouth shut. Don't give it all away."

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