Never idol for a moment

Two-time Emmy Award winner Paula Abdul brings her powerhouse show to the Oregon Coast this weekend, with a pair of performances at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City.

The ground-breaking choreographer, dancer, songwriter and performer has been entertaining her fans for more than 25 years, recently winning over a whole new generation with her role as a judge on “American Idol” and “X-Factor.”

After saying goodbye to “American Idol” in 2010 and serving as executive producer and creative partner for the CBS reality-competition series “Live To Dance,” Abdul returned to network television in 2011 with FOX’s highly anticipated “X-Factor.” She can also be seen as a recurring guest star on the Lifetime hit series “Drop Dead Diva.” Abdul recently wrapped up a successful season as the lead judge on “So You Think You Can Dance Australia” which premiered in 2014.

Abdul grew up in California’s San Fernando Valley and pursued her childhood love of dance and cheerleading through high school and college. After college, she was ready to take her dance skills to the next level and joined the Los Angeles Lakers cheerleaders, where she so impressed the team ownership that she became head cheerleader and choreographer after only a few months. Very quickly, she became widely known as re-inventing cheerleading by combining classic cheering with contemporary music and dance in a way that had not been seen before.

During her time with the Lakers, Abdul was recruited by top names to work on choreography projects, such as The Jackson family’s 1984 “Torture” video.

In 1989, Abdul became a worldwide singing sensation with her first album, “Forever Your Girl,” after the single “Straight Up” exploded onto the charts. Paula’s record quickly went multi-platinum, with number-one singles. Her second album, “Spellbound” came out in 1991 to similar worldwide success with two number-one singles, followed in 1995 by her third album, “Head over Heels.” Throughout her music career, Abdul has won many musical awards, including a Grammy, seven MTV video awards and two People’s Choice awards as well as selling more than 60 million records worldwide.

Abdul will take to the stage at Chinook Winds Casino Resort at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3.

Tickets for this 16-and-over show are $60 to $75 and are available by calling 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the box office or online at

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