During her freshman year at Cal State University, Paula Abdul tried out for the Los Angeles Lakers cheerleading squad and was selected from more than 700 applicants. Her high-energy, street-funk-inspired dance routines were an instant hit, and it took her all of three weeks to become head choreographer. In 1984, when Abdul's routines got the attention of the Jackson family, they immediately signed her to choreograph their Torture video and her career went into overdrive. When Abdul embarked on a singing career in the late 1980s, her debut album, "Forever Your Girl," went platinum and spawned four number one singles, including "Straight Up" and "Cold Hearted." She has now become popular with a new audience as a judge on American Idol.
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