'Paula Abdul' Joins 'Dancing with the Stars' As Guest Judge for One Night on October 15

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October 8th, 2012

via press release:






As announced tonight, world famous choreographer and recording artist Paula Abdul will pull up a seat at the judges’ table as a special guest judge during next week’s “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. She will be joining renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba as they critique and score the remaining All-Star couples on their dance routines of the night.


Paula Abdul has been awarded and celebrated both in front of and behind the camera as a ground-breaking choreographer, producer, songwriter, performer, designer, actor and business woman. The two-time Emmy Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist has continued to find new ways to entertain her loyal fans for over 25 years. Beginning her career as a Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader, she quickly became widely known for “re-inventing” cheerleading. During her time with the Lakers, Abdul was recruited by the top music artists, directors and producers in the world to choreograph their music videos, tours and films. Her most celebrated work in choreography includes her Emmy-winning contributions to “The Tracey Ullman Show” and her own performance as an artist opening the “American Music Awards,” as well as an Emmy nomination for choreographing “The 62nd Academy Awards.” After releasing her first CD, “Forever Your Girl,” Abdul became a multi-platinum singing sensation. She has won multiple musical awards, including a Grammy, seven MTV Video Awards, two Emmy Awards and two People's Choice Awards, and has sold over 60 million records worldwide. After saying goodbye to “American Idol” in 2010 and serving as executive producer and creative partner for the reality-competition series “Live to Dance,” she returned to network television in the US launch of “The X-Factor.” More recently Abdul has become one of the top public speakers in the industry, touring the country to bring her own passion, drive and work experiences to the lives of those walking the halls of companies throughout America. She has recently signed on with Avon and is the official spokesperson for Fembody Nutrition.


Hosted by Emmy Award winner Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.


Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also vote by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Online voting at www.ABC.com is open from the start of each episode on the East Coast and closes at 8:00 a.m., PT/11:00 a.m., ET on Tuesday mornings. Additionally, fans can now vote on Facebook www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars. A custom Facebook app sponsored by AT&T will let fans vote, share who they voted for and why, as well as see who friends voted for. They can also access the “After Party: Dancing with the Stars” live stream, the DWTS Social Buzz page, and the AT&T Spotlight Performance and Casting Call from the app.


“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.


About BBC Worldwide Productions

BBC Worldwide Productions is one of five core businesses under BBC Worldwide America, the U.S. division of the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Worldwide. Led by Jane Tranter, BBC Worldwide Productions is based in Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), as well as “Breaking Pointe” (CW), “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “Richard Hammond’s Crash Course” (BBC AMERICA), “What Not to Wear” (TLC), “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Starz) and the upcoming titles “Da Vinci’s Demons” (Starz), “The Week the Women Went” (Lifetime) and “Lovetown, USA” (OWN), among others.


  • John

    They’re desperately pulling out all of the ratings stunts for this season.

  • Leon


  • FoulScat

    Is that one yes for every pill and drink she will consume before taping?

  • WoWza

    awe. cute.

  • mily

    I’m so excited, she’s the perfect judge, can’t wait to see her, I miss her on TV

  • PatheticNewGuy

    Is she bringing the suspender wearing dancing cat, too?


    I have to say maybe ABC is testing Paula Abdul out to join Dancing with the Stars because IMO the show needs some shaking up after this season. Honestly I don’t care if Paula is loopy, a little crazed I absolutely ADORED her on Idol.IMO a part of Idol has been missing since her exit. Season 9 was a glaring omission without her. Also her other projects since leaving Idol. Her Live to Dance was a little cute show but it didn’t have an audience. She totally was AWFUL on X Factor but it wasn’t her fault. The show didn’t really gell with her personality and her reunion with Simon failed.

    Honestly after seeing the fake Nicki/Mariah drama and all these shows being so now judge worthy. Also like Jennifer Lopez who used Idol as a platform for her career and didn’t really care about the show at all. Paula IMO never promoted or PIMPED herself on Idol. She loved and valued the contestants. She could spot talent a mile away as she championed Kelly Clarkson and Chris Daughtry. She let her ego at the door and let the contestants shine and thats made Idol a force. Honestly if I can’t get Paula back on Idol, then DWTS is a good way to test her out. Honestly I miss her. She was loopy, a little crazy but in a sweet way.

  • Jiji Moran

    ABC is not getting the ratings it seeked with the all “stars” (and Bristol, Kirstie, and Pamela) strategy, so now they do this. So… what does Paula Abdul know about ballroom dancing?

    Has she ever competed in a ballroom dancing competition? Is she qualified to judge one?

  • Kaylie

    Paula may not be a ballroom dancer, but she is actually an amazing dancer overall.

  • chezmoi

    …and choreographer…Someone who is also qualified to comment on dancing.

  • Steven

  • Mandy

    good for her! I miss her on TV! Britney is boring and shouldnt have replaced her on XF

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    Paula should marry Kareem Abdul-Jabbar then her name would be Paula Abdul-Abdul-Jabbar.

  • Joan Rivers

    I like how they are ‘testing’ her for one episode first lol.
    Then if ratings, increase, there will be 4 judges no doubt.

    I could actually see her fitting in well in this panel though.
    Could be a good choice!

  • rob60990

    Hopefully she replaces Carrie Ann full time.

  • flr

    Maybe a start to fresh judges? I hope, I hope…………too much favoritism lately and they don’t even try to hide it!

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