Paula Abdul: Straight Up
We love Paula Abdul. There, we said it. We think the former Laker Girl�turned choreographer�turned pop star�turned American Idol judge is feisty, fun, and fabulous. We got the chance to have a quick chat with the multi-hyphenate recently, and while some topics were out of bounds (sorry, kids, no winner predictions and no great scoop on why Mario left the show), we learned a lot about this lovable lass�including her big contribution to Kylie Minogue�s career!
Out: So first�?
Paula Abdul [laughing]: Just don�t ask about Simon!
Um� OK, next question� [Laughs] So I hear you�re working on a project for the WB.
[Hesitantly] Yeah, it�s still�
Can you talk about it at all?
Not yet�but I just wanted to say that WB is my favorite network, honest to God it is.
What would Fox say about that?
[Laughs] Well, Fox is also my favorite network. It�s Fox and the WB. That goes without saying.
Now, have you always known that the gays love you?
Yes, I love every single gay man that loves me right back. And I�ve been very supportive [of the gay community]. The only thing that bums me out is that I haven�t been out there performing for all my fans. Too busy doing American Idol.
It�s also good, too, because it brought you into a whole new generation of young people.
Well, you know, though� I think after this season, I think I�m going to take some time and get back out there and perform. I miss it very much.
American Idol has definitely brought you back into the public consciousness, yet you�re not performing.
It�s been an amazing and strange phenomenon. I�ve never been more popular in like, as far as those Q ratings go [in which celebrities are measured by how recognizable they are to television watchers], with the irony of not having any song out on the radio. But just simply based on the integrity of who I am. That lasts a lifetime you, know. But I do miss performing. But I�m equally blessed, you know, I�m very, very grateful for the job that I have, but hopefully I�ll get a little time off.
Have you been planning anything?
Oh, yeah. What I�ve been doing is giving� Because I haven�t been able to put my songs out, I�ve been giving them to other artists and they would get number ones off of my songs. So that�s really cool. I have songs placed on many artists, like Kylie Minogue had a number one record with my song.
The song called �Spinning Around.� That went to number one.
Oh wow�that�s amazing!
Hello! That�s my record and I wrote it. That was going to be my first single. And then when I got American Idol, I realized I couldn�t go do it, and it�s got all my vocals on it, too, isn�t that funny? I mean, it�s total dance jam.
You need to get back out there.
I know, I know.
At the same time, it�s also a blessing that all these people know you and they dig your personality too.
Oh. But if I wasn�t on American Idol, �uh-oh,� that wouldn�t be good.
People would be like, �Yeah, that Paula Abdul. I remember her.� Now everyone knows you in a positive way because they always look at you as being positive. Even when you say something negative to a contestant, people always take it as a positive thing.
I can�t imagine now, if I wasn�t there and how negative it might be.
We�re just glad that that�s not the case.