What has singer Paula Abdul been doing? Does she have a fan club where I can write to her?
—John K., Illinois
You've probably already seen Paula Abdul as one of the judges on the new hit show American Idol, on which young singers compete to win a recording contract and the chance for pop stardom. Abdul, 40, certainly is qualified to judge what it takes. In the early 1980s, she landed a spot with the Los Angeles Lakers cheerleaders and soon became their choreographer. Her unique dance moves got her attention in the music world, and she worked with Janet Jackson, Duran Duran, and others before venturing out on her own as a singer. She succeeded in that field also, with such chart-topping hits as Straight Up and Forever Your Girl. She currently has a greatest hits album in stores. She runs dance and cheerleading camps, competitions, and scholarship programs throughout the country, and has done choreography for such films as American Beauty, Jerry Maguire, and Black Knight. An official fan website is in the works, or you can write to her at American Idol, P.O. Box 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90213.