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Paula Abdul Channels Ellen During VH1 DIVAS

September 18
1:18 PM 2009

Paula Abdul Channels Ellen During VH1 DIVAS

While hosting Thursday night's 'VH1 Divas', Paul Abdul donned a blond wig and did an impersonation of her 'American Idol' successor Ellen Degeneres.

"Why you all staring at me? Can't a girl try out a new job?" Abdul joked as she sat in an overstuffed chair similar to the one DeGeneres commands on her TV talk show, Ellen. To read the rest of the story, click here.

Last month, Abdul announced she would not be returning for the show's upcoming ninth season.

Since its inception, Abdul was considered an essential component of 'AMERICAN IDOL' bringing with her years of musical experience, and a nurturing side, which often clashed with fellow judge Simon Cowell. Last year, musical producer and composer Kara DioGuardi joined 'AMERICAN IDOL', leading many to conclude that Abdul was on her way out. In light of this, when news of Abdul's departure broke, the announcement did not come entirely as a surprise.

Earlier this month, it was announced that TV host DeGeneres would be chosen to replace Abdul. Amidst some criticism of fans which questioned if DeGeneres was qualified to judge a musical talent show given her limited musical experience, 'AMERICAN IDOL' Executive producer Simon Fuller voiced his approval of the choice, "I could not be more excited to have Ellen join the AMERICAN IDOL family."

AMERICAN IDOL judge Randy Jackson also spoke out to in favour of DeGeneres, saying, "I think she's going to bring a really interesting, different perspective to the people [and] to the panel."

Paula Abdul will guest star in Lifetime's 'Drop Dead Diva', a new comedic drama series from executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Abdul's album sales have exceeded 30 million records. She has garnered two No. 1 albums, six No. 1 singles, a Grammy Award, seven MTV Awards, two Emmy Awards, two People's Choice Awards and two Kids' Choice Awards. She has also been honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard.

'VH1 Divas' has become synonymous with some of the most memorable live female vocal performances in television history. Previous featured performers over the years included Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Beyonde, and many more.

Each year, the 'VH1 Divas' special raises funds for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for educational musical programs in American schools. Since VH1 Save The Music was created in 1997, more than $43 million worth of musical instruments have been donated to 1,600 public schools in 100 cities.

'VH1 Divas' is executive produced by Lee Rolontz, Rick Krim and Patrizia DiMaria.

 

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