10:29 AM EDT 11/05/2013
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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."
Originally posted 02/16/2012 06:00PM
Originally posted 02/08/2012 08:15AM
Simon Cowell blames himself for the big shakeup at The X Factor, saying he set unreasonable expectations for the show, and was forced to let Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger go when it underperformed.
"I would've liked to have kept [Paula]," Cowell, 52, tells Extra. "She was very gracious, and I said that to her. She understands it's business; it's never personal."
Of Scherzinger, he added: "I don't think she's mad. I think she's disappointed."
Originally posted 01/31/2012 02:50PM
The headline-making shake-up at The X Factor has stripped the show down to its very foundation, with Paula Abdul confirming on Tuesday that she is leaving the Fox talent show.
"Yes, it's true; I won't be returning to The X Factor next season," Abdul, 49, said in a statement released by her rep.
"She was fired, but everything is amicable," a source tells PEOPLE. "They had fun last season, but the show's evolved."
Originally posted 01/31/2012 09:45AM
What's even more dramatic than frontrunner Rachel Crow collapsing into sobs after a shocking elimination from The X Factor?
The shakeup that's shaping up for season 2 of the Fox singing competition.
On the heels of the news that Steve Jones was leaving the show as host, judge Nicole Scherzinger is out as well, according to EW.com. And Paula Abdul was also let go from the show, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
Abdul had a tough time mentoring the groups, becoming the first judge without contestants on season 1. And Scherzinger faced serious backlash after Crow's elimination.
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!