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By Amy Watts | October 16, 2012
Oh boy. Tonight's the night we get Paula Abdul as a guest judge. She always annoyed me on American Idol - will I find her less tiresome here? I don't doubt her credibility, she's arguably more a dancer than a singer. During the staircase introductions: Val gets introduced by his full first name of "Valentin. " I wonder if he asked for that or if Tom's having fun. Brooke tells us lifts will be allowed tonight - get ready to meet the harsh reality that is gravity during rehearsals.
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By Amy Watts | October 16, 2012
Oh boy. Tonight's the night we get Paula Abdul as a guest judge. She always annoyed me on American Idol - will I find her less tiresome here? I don't doubt her credibility, she's arguably more a dancer than a singer. During the staircase introductions: Val gets introduced by his full first name of "Valentin. " I wonder if he asked for that or if Tom's having fun. Brooke tells us lifts will be allowed tonight - get ready to meet the harsh reality that is gravity during rehearsals.
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By Frank Lovece and Frank Lovece,Newsday | June 25, 2007
Give Paula Abdul credit - she's stayed in the spotlight long after the likes of Julie Brown, Downtown Julie Brown and other cute '80s celebu-girls whose names aren't either Julie or Brown. And give the choreographer-cum-American Idol judge extra credit for the coming Bravo reality series Hey Paula, in which she forthrightly lets herself be seen in all her glory - from feisty entrepreneur to scary-whiny, self-inflated diva. Scott Sternberg, one of the executive producers, says, "Everything that happens is absolutely real.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2011
Paige Elizabeth, an 18-year-old day-care worker from Perry Hall, is getting a crash course in the power of television and instant fame. Two weeks ago, a brief clip of her audition singing Lady Gaga's “You & I” aired on Simon Cowell's “The X Factor,” and she was up all night answering Facebook messages from current and old friends. “The response I'm getting on Facebook from my friends and old friends has been crazy,' she said last week. “Just the first night when my audition aired, I had something like 250 wall posts within and hour.
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By Gary Graff and Gary Graff,Knight-Ridder News Service | November 15, 1991
Paula Abdul is not too proud to defend herself.Sitting in the back of a limousine squiring her to rehearsals for her first-ever headlining concert tour, the singer-dancer-choreographer is reflecting on the ying and yang of a career that's whisked her from the relative anonymity of a basketball cheerleading squad to the heights of pop stardom, complete with endorsement deals and -- a sign that one has really made it -- her own recording label that hawks a...
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By --Eric Siegel | August 20, 1991
Simulcast WYST-AM/FM (1010 and 92.3), which has been floundering in the ratings, changed its format Friday from uptempo adult contemporary to "rhythmic" contemporary hits radio, featuring the likes of Madonna, Paula Abdul and R.E.M.The station, which has changed its identification to "92 Q" in anticipation of Federal Communications Commission approval of new call letters, will target listeners ages 18 to 34.All on-air personalities are being retained, said station spokesman Hal Martin, adding,"We have been disappointed with the performance of the station in the past."
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Columnist | July 17, 2007
I think we all thought Bravo's Hey Paula, which follows Paula Abdul as she bumbles her way through life, was going to be the train wreck of the summer. But no. Sunday's premiere of VH1's Rock of Love wins the prize based on its first 1 1/2 hours. Twenty-five women vie to become the lady love of Poison lead singer Bret Michaels, and this is a needy, catty and largely raunchy bunch. In the premiere, Michaels basically got manhandled (so to speak) by the women, who tried to get his attention in a variety of ways, including getting trashed, sticking their tongues down his throat, going topless in a photo shoot, showing off their drumming skills, and, in the case of one particularly annoying contestant, screeching endlessly.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | February 13, 1992
R.E.M was the big winner in the annual Rolling Stone readers' poll for the best and worst of 1991. The guys were picked for best artist, best album ("Out of Time"), best band, best single ("Losing My Religion") and best video ("Religion").The results, in the mag's March 5 issue, have R.E.M's Michael Stipe as best male singer; Mariah Carey, best female and new female singer; Seal, best new male artist and Hammer, Queen Latifah and Public Enemy, best rappers. Guns N' Roses got worst band and worst album ("Use Your Illusion")
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By J .D. Considine and J .D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 13, 1995
Remember when Paula Abdul was a major pop star?When she first burst onto the scene, in 1989, she came on like a multimedia juggernaut. Her debut album, "Forever Your Girl," sold more than 7 million copies, spinning off four No. 1 singles in the process, while its 1991 follow-up, "Spellbound," sold another 3 million, and put her atop the singles chart two more times. Moreover, Abdul was a fixture on MTV and a staple of the gossip columns, with a movie star fiance and her own record company.
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By Greg Kot and Greg Kot,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 7, 2001
Her ambition is as clear as the jewel that glimmers from her pierced navel. Britney Spears doesn't want to be like Mike, as in Michael Jackson. She wants to be like Mike's sister, Janet. That much is clear as Spears, who turns 20 on Dec. 2 and released Britney, her third album, yesterday, enters the next phase of her brief, best-selling career. After all, now that she's almost not a teen-ager anymore, that Lolita baby-doll pose that has served her so well the last three years is going to need to grow up, and fast, if she wants to keep pace with an audience that inhales and spits out trendy pop singers faster than you can say "Paula Abdul."
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By Wesley Case | September 22, 2011
THE SKINNY: Have we been had? "The X-Factor" followed up a seriously stellar debut with a two-hour mess of talentless singers and worse. The supporters of the first episode should be worried. Was Thursday night the real "X-Factor" or just a momentary bump in the road? A weak second episode paired with disappointing opening ratings is a situation Simon Cowell must not have anticipated. And yet, here we are. 8:06 - Our first contestant of "X-Factor's" second episode is a 29-year-old unemployed "free spirit" I didn't catch the name of. It doesn't matter, either: L.A. Reid tells her he wanted to slit his wrists while she sang.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Columnist | July 17, 2007
I think we all thought Bravo's Hey Paula, which follows Paula Abdul as she bumbles her way through life, was going to be the train wreck of the summer. But no. Sunday's premiere of VH1's Rock of Love wins the prize based on its first 1 1/2 hours. Twenty-five women vie to become the lady love of Poison lead singer Bret Michaels, and this is a needy, catty and largely raunchy bunch. In the premiere, Michaels basically got manhandled (so to speak) by the women, who tried to get his attention in a variety of ways, including getting trashed, sticking their tongues down his throat, going topless in a photo shoot, showing off their drumming skills, and, in the case of one particularly annoying contestant, screeching endlessly.
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By Frank Lovece and Frank Lovece,Newsday | June 25, 2007
Give Paula Abdul credit - she's stayed in the spotlight long after the likes of Julie Brown, Downtown Julie Brown and other cute '80s celebu-girls whose names aren't either Julie or Brown. And give the choreographer-cum-American Idol judge extra credit for the coming Bravo reality series Hey Paula, in which she forthrightly lets herself be seen in all her glory - from feisty entrepreneur to scary-whiny, self-inflated diva. Scott Sternberg, one of the executive producers, says, "Everything that happens is absolutely real.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Columnist | February 1, 2007
True confession: Until the other night, I had never watched American Idol, the hit Fox show that's part singing competition, part exercise in ritual humiliation. But Idol has become so big in this, its sixth season -- 64 million viewers watched the two episodes last week -- that I felt compelled to find out what all the hype was about. So I watched Tuesday's show, which originated from Birmingham, Ala., where 11,000 contestants tried out for a shot at being demeaned by Idol's chief judge and executioner, Simon Cowell.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 3, 2005
Jean Parker has been working at Merriweather Post Pavilion since 1977, when she started selling popcorn there a month before graduating from Mount Hebron High School. She's been there full time since 1983 and has been its general manager since 1987. So she knows - probably better than anyone - just how important Merriweather is to the community. "Merriweather attracted people to Columbia in its early years, and many migrated to raise their families in this ideal environment," Parker said.
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By Greg Kot and Greg Kot,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 7, 2001
Her ambition is as clear as the jewel that glimmers from her pierced navel. Britney Spears doesn't want to be like Mike, as in Michael Jackson. She wants to be like Mike's sister, Janet. That much is clear as Spears, who turns 20 on Dec. 2 and released Britney, her third album, yesterday, enters the next phase of her brief, best-selling career. After all, now that she's almost not a teen-ager anymore, that Lolita baby-doll pose that has served her so well the last three years is going to need to grow up, and fast, if she wants to keep pace with an audience that inhales and spits out trendy pop singers faster than you can say "Paula Abdul."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | May 14, 1991
Remember the lawsuit that was filed against Paula Abdul's record company last month? In it, backup singer Yvette Marine claimed that she had unjustly been denied credit for singing lead on three tracks from Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" album; in addition to a big chunk of cash, Marine's suit demanded that labels "accurately crediting" her work be added to all copies of the album.Until all the facts are in, it's hard to say whether there's any real merit to this case. But if you ask me, Marine is making a lot of fuss over very little.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | November 22, 1991
Largo -- Ever wonder what MTV would look like if it were live?Apparently, Paula Abdul has. And last night at the Capital Centre, she did her best to make live MTV -- or at least a concert that looked as spectacular as any video -- a reality.Some of her stunts were elegantly simple, as in "Straight Up," where she first mimicked the moves from her video, then danced along as the original was projected on a massive television screen behind her. At other times the performance was far more spectacular, like "Blowing Kisses in the Wind," which had two dancers soaring through the air like balletic Peter Pans.
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By J .D. Considine and J .D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 13, 1995
Remember when Paula Abdul was a major pop star?When she first burst onto the scene, in 1989, she came on like a multimedia juggernaut. Her debut album, "Forever Your Girl," sold more than 7 million copies, spinning off four No. 1 singles in the process, while its 1991 follow-up, "Spellbound," sold another 3 million, and put her atop the singles chart two more times. Moreover, Abdul was a fixture on MTV and a staple of the gossip columns, with a movie star fiance and her own record company.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | February 13, 1992
R.E.M was the big winner in the annual Rolling Stone readers' poll for the best and worst of 1991. The guys were picked for best artist, best album ("Out of Time"), best band, best single ("Losing My Religion") and best video ("Religion").The results, in the mag's March 5 issue, have R.E.M's Michael Stipe as best male singer; Mariah Carey, best female and new female singer; Seal, best new male artist and Hammer, Queen Latifah and Public Enemy, best rappers. Guns N' Roses got worst band and worst album ("Use Your Illusion")
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