before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought choreographer at the height of the music video era.
Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Abdul also co-produced a 2001 pilot episode of Skirts, a dramatic series that would have aired on MTV about a high-school cheerleading squad; Abdul was also set to appear as the head coach. It included all her hit singles and other noteworthy tracks.
The song "Bend Time Back 'Round" had previously been heard only on the 1992 soundtrack for the hit television series Beverly Hills, 90210.
Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents.
Abdul's father, Harry Abdul, was born into the Syrian Jewish community in Aleppo, Syria, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently immigrated to the United States.
The album eventually became multi-platinum in the spring and summer of 1989, and it spawned five American Top Three singles, four of them No.
The series was produced by Scott Sternberg Productions and debuted on June 28, 2007. "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" was a modest comeback hit for Abdul, peaking at No. On August 4, 2009, after numerous contract negotiations, Abdul confirmed that she would not be returning to Idol for its ninth season. However, Cole was axed after two audition cites and replaced by Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger who served as co-host alongside Steve Jones. During the Judges' Houses stage of the competition, Abdul was aided by guest judge Pharrell Williams in Santa Barbara, California.
In 2002, Abdul appeared as one of three judges for the reality television music competition show American Idol.
Abdul, along with fellow judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, evaluated thousands of amateur contestants in their ability to sing.
"Spinning Around" was a dance-pop track intended to be the lead single on Abdul's follow-up album to Head over Heels. While Abdul took a break from the music industry, she remained busy behind the scenes.
But the album never materialized, and "Spinning Around" was instead given to Kylie Minogue. Abdul served as the choreographer for several film and theater productions, including the 1998 musical Reefer Madness and the cheerleading scenes in the 1999 film American Beauty (she had previously also choreographed the 1991 film The Doors).