Paula Abdul Talks Straight Up About Her Fall Solo Tour, Being On ‘American Idol’ & Why She Wants To Work With Bruno Mars

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You might know her from her pop songs in the 80s, as a former Laker girl, as a judge on “American Idol” or choreographing some of Janet Jackson‘s hit videos, but Paula Abdul is about to set off on her fall tour doing what she loves most – combining her true loves (dance, music and choreography) into one incredible show. We caught up yesterday with the singer/dancer/choreographer to talk about her fall tour, the best part of being a judge on “American Idol” and her impressive staying career in entertainment.

Last year you were on a 45-city tour with Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block.  What made you decide this should be the year to embark on a solo tour, your first in more than 25 years?

I got the chance to do a tour last year and had so much fun. It was so rewarding that I wanted to do more, but in an intimate gathering and see my fans again.  

How does it feel to still be touring after so many decades in the music industry?

I am blessed to be able to do it. The audiences have been amazing.

Were you ever apprehensive about your decision to make such a bold “comeback” 30 years later as a performer?

Of course. I had to think things through and with all of the injuries to my spinal cord, it was difficult but I am lucky to be able to continue to do this.

You are as well known for your dancing and singing as you are for your choreographing. Which aspect of entertainment do you prefer more?

I don’t prefer one over the other because I have been lucky enough to be able to do it all.

Having already worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, is there anyone you haven’t had the opportunity to work with yet who you would like to in the future?

Wow, there are so many people, but I would say Bruno Mars. I would love to choreograph for him as well. His music is so fun and he loves to dance.

When you started out as a cheerleader for the LA Lakers, you faced lots of challenging obstacles transitioning to choreographer. What would you say you attribute your success to?

I have always been tenacious and believed in myself and that has resonated in my work with other artists. One of my first artists to work with was Janet (Jackson) and I will always be grateful for that experience.

Throughout your career, you have been vocal about the many life lessons you have learned along the way. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Not be afraid to say no. When you are starting out in entertainment, you want to say yes to a lot of things, but there is a lot of power in saying no. It opens doors to opportunities that you are more passionate about. Believe in yourself, work at your craft and be forgiving of yourself.

Best part about being a judge on “American Idol?”

Mentoring the incredible talent that we came across and being responsible for launching their amazing careers. When I was on it, there was no other show like it on television. I was able to see people launch super duper careers.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

Producing a lot in film and TV as well as still performing, and hopefully touring outside of America.