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Live To Dance Star Paula Abdul Reveals Her Idol

January 29, 2011 01:30 PM by Allyson Wells

Live To Dance judge and producer Paula Abdul has inspired many others with her dancing ability and success.  On her show, many of the dance hopefuls cite Abdul as their inspiration.  The dancer and former American Idol judge recently revealed her own dancing hero.

It wasn’t Travis Payne’s famous co-worker Michael Jackson that inspired Paula.  Legendary dancer of Hollywood’s Golden Era, Gene Kelly, was the apple of Paula’s eye.  Paula explained to Popeater that she watched MGM musicals as a young child and they shaped who she is today.  “I kept finding myself getting closer and closer to the TV.  I started kissing the television and looking back at my dad saying, ‘That’s my dad.’  My dad would say, ‘No I’m your father-that can be your TV dad.’  From that moment on I thought Gene Kelly was the end all be all.  Because of him and his talent, I dug my heels in and I said, ‘I’m gonna be an entertainer,’ and I never looked back.  It’s really cool when you hear at a tender age of 4, I knew kind of what my life’s purpose was, as weird as that may sound.”

On Live To Dance, Paula has also been serving as a dance mentor to the finalists.  As she mentors them, she has reflected on meeting her own mentor.  She told Popeater about her meeting with her inspiration.  “Gene Kelly called and asked me to come over to his house for tea and meet him.  That started an over two-year friendship-and it was the last two years of his life-so it was great blessings.”

Paula’s proteges will dance for the grand prize of $500,000 on Live To Dance this Wednesday.

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