Paula Abdul making a musical comeback

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Paula Abdul, ladies and gentlemen! Shes on the phone from Los Angeles at first light after a long, hard night of judging the likes of Luke Menard and Danny Noriega - VotefortheWorst.coms pick-of-the-year as, well, the worst - and her voice is a whisper.

Paula Abdul, ladies and gentlemen! Shes on the phone from Los Angeles at first light after a long, hard night of judging the likes of Luke Menard and Danny Noriega - VotefortheWorst.coms pick-of-the-year as, well, the worst - and her voice is a whisper.

I hurt my vocal chords, she says, but she isnt expecting any sympathy from You Know Who. She isnt getting any, either.

Simon says I like to talk, Abdul says, and you can guess the rest.

Ah, yes, Simon.

The man of whom Abdul once said, I welcome him like I welcome cold sores. Hes from England, hes angry and hes got Mad Power Disease.

Simon, Abdul says, would not want to audition in front of Simon.

The two clashed on American Idol last week, when Abdul pointedly noted that Cowell has never performed in front of a live audience, so he hasnt a clue about the pressure involved.

Simon sniffed in characteristic disdain and suggested in not so many words that pressure is something firefighters experience when they rush into a burning building. Singing in front of a live crowd and trying to keep it together? Not so much. Thats just performing on American Idol.

He just doesnt understand how vulnerable you feel out there, Abdul says, finding her pipes again.

No matter what Cowell says, shes not about to be intimidated.

Ive always spoken my own mind, she says. This has been a weird season. Simon is just not hearing what Randy and I are hearing. We all come from different perspectives and backgrounds. Mine is that of a performer and that of an artist. And when you get harsh criticism, you just have to close your eyes and try to handle it with dignity and some grace. Simon will say, Oh, bronchitis schmontitis, theyre so lucky to be there, its not hard. I wonder how he can say that so matter-of-factly. Its the worst feeling in the world to go out there and (bomb).

Abdul agreed with Randy Jackson on 23 out of 24 calls during last weeks Top 24 performance shows.

Abdul isnt keeping count, though.

Its just an opinion, she says heatedly. Theres no wrong and no right. Im not keeping score. The only thing I will say is that Im only the only one who knows something about what theyre feeling.

The contestants this season have been more comfortable talking back to the judges when they hear something they dont like.

I love it when somebody says something back and makes Simon laugh. Thats the best part - making Simon laugh, and admit that, just maybe, he was wrong. I just hope and pray they dont let any of the criticism get the best of them.

Abdul, Janet Jacksons choreographer during Jacksons Control days in the mid-1980s, is finally finding the time to sit back and reflect on the difference between being a performer today - she has a new video out, dont you know - and a performer back in the day.

Abdul survived personal and professional struggles in the 1990s to win a fresh start on American Idol and, now, signs of a potential musical comeback. Her single, Dance Like Theres No Tomorrow, is her first in 12 years. Her last single, in 1996, was called ironically enough, Aint Never Gonna Give Up.

Its a whole different feeling right now, Abdul says. Its a very pleasant, very special time for me. Its been a while since Ive been out there, and coming back is something very special. Im in a good place.

Even with Cowell there to remind her what shes doing wrong.



Geographic location: Los Angeles, England

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