Give credit to Paula Abdul for finding the way to survive in the public spotlight even after her singing career faded. Judging American Idol may be today's equivalent of Paul Lynde on the Hollywood Squares, but it works, and everyone knows who Paula is, and everyone knows once upon a time she was a singer. Once upon a time she danced with Arsenio Hall (who?) in a music video and then danced with a cartoon character (MC Skat Kat) in a later music video. I'm also told her dance remix album Shut Up and Dance! is still some of the best aerobic and walking music out there.
With fond memories, listen to "Straight Up."