On TV: Mandy Moore, Paula Abdul, Paris Hilton

Pop acts on television this week include:

Paula Abdul, who visits ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ (CBS) on Monday.

Tori Amos, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ (CBS) on Monday.

Paris Hilton, who visits ‘The View’ (ABC) and ‘The Late Show’ (CBS) on Monday and ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ (Syndicated) on Friday.

Mandy Moore, who performs on ‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS) on Monday and ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC) on Friday.

Sheryl Crow, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’ (NBC) on Wednesday.

John Mayer Trio, who perform on ‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC) on Thursday.

Is Paula Abdul Eating Fish To Get Pregnant?

Paula Abdul was spotted outside Koi restaurant in West Hollywood, where the ‘American Idol’ judge signed autographs for resellers and was bizarrely asked if she was eating fish because she wanted to get pregnant by an obnoxious paparazzo. Abdul added that the sexiest 21-year-old was Zac Efron, who she got to the ‘Idol’ finale before he was in ‘High School Musical’. Paula says Zac deserves a chance to become the next Tom Cruise of the big screen. Abdul then introduced her dancers. Watch it all via Hollywood.tv below.

Paula Abdul Sought Help Last Year For Painkiller Addiction

May 6, 2009 – Paula Abdul tells Ladies’ Home Journal she checked herself into the La Costa Resort and Spa, in Carlsbad, California last Thanksgiving to help beat a painkiller addiction. “I was freezing cold, then sweating hot, then chattering and in so much pain, it was excruciating,” she explained. “But at my very core, I did not like existing the way I had been.”

Update: Abdul, says she was taken out of context.

Paula Abdul To Perform ‘Here For The Music’ On ‘Idol’

May 5, 2009 – ‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul debuted her new song ‘[I’m Just] Here For The Music’ Tuesday on Ryan Seacrest’s show on KIIS FM, the first single from her album due to be released this fall. Abdul also confirmed she’ll be performing on ‘Idol’ Wednesday. “It was exciting to hear it for the first time on the radio, thank you,” Paula told Ryan.

The audio of song and Paula’s interview with Ryan at ryanseacrest.com has since been removed.

Paula Abdul’s New Single: ‘I’m Just Here For The Music’

May 4, 2009 – Paula Abdul will release her new single ‘I’m Just Here For The Music’ later this month. The single reunites the ‘American Idol’ judge with producer Oliver Lieber, who helmed Paula’s chart topping album ‘Forever Your Girl’. ‘I’m Just Here For The Music’ was co-written by Danielle Brisebois and Wayne Rodrigues and is the first track from Paula’s upcoming album, due out in Fall 2009 on Filament Entertainment Group. The single will be available via paulaabdul.com in the next few weeks. Abdul likely will be taping the performance of the track on Wednesday’s ‘Idol’, as referenced in a Twitter post Sunday by Lucy Woodward.

Paula Abdul Performing On ‘American Idol’ This Week

Lucy Woodward just posted this interesting bit of news on her Twitter (@lucywoodward):

Singing backup for Paula Abdul on American Idol this Wednesday. Rehearsing now….reeeeeally fun! Will be hot.

Maybe she wasn’t supposed to blab, because even Paula’s Twitter (@PaulaAbdul) only mentions “big news”:

Back in the studio again today. Get ready for an exciting week. Big news to come! Stay tuned….

In the studio with my music producer listening to some tracks… Getting excited about this weeks theme… Rock Week!! Yay :)

Update: Since Daughtry and Slash are performing this week, there’s a thought that Paula will be taping the performance to air in a week or two. That would also give Paula a chance to do the performance in multiple takes, which would probably be wise given her prior pull-outs of scheduled live comeback performances.

Update II: DishofSalt writes on Twitter (@DishofSalt): “finally got Paula. Can’t reveal what we talked about til Wed.”

Paula Abdul Says Tonight’s ‘American Idol’ Will Be Magical

April 28, 2009 – Paula Abdul updated fans on her Twitter page (@PaulaAbdul) moments ago from the set of ‘American Idol’, where the top five will be competing in a big band themed week. Abdul writes:

Tonight’s mentor is Jamie Foxx – by far one of the best mentors the kids have ever had!!!!

I’m watching the rehearsals now… tonight’s going to be magical! Can’t wait!!!!

Paula Abdul Disappointed By ‘Nightline’ Story

Paula Abdul is reacting to being featured on last night’s ‘Nightline’, where the ‘American Idol’ judge denied she’s addicted to alcohol and/or prescription drugs. “I’ve never been addicted to any prescription drugs. I’ve never been drunk. I’ve worked my whole life,” Abdul said, adding that she has never taken addictive painkillers despite undergoing 15 surgeries since her 1992 neck injury. “I will not take those drugs. And you can check my medical records. There is nothing like that. I was never on Oxycontin or Vicodin or anything like that. I was on nerve medicine and anti-inflammatories.”

Read more on the interview and watch video at abcnews.go.com.

Despite airing those quotes last night, Abdul doesn’t seem pleased with how Cynthia McFadden portrayed her, writing on her Twitter account (@PaulaAbdul) earlier today:

Disappointed that Cynthia tried SO HARD on Nightline to make it look like I’m on drugs & alcohol. U know it’s not true. THX 4 yr support!

Paula Abdul Backstage At ‘American Idol’

ABC News went backstage with Paula Abdul at ‘American Idol’, where she talked about being unfairly criticized. Abdul said the first season she “quit seven times”, how she’s “not the girl that’s in those tapes” from ‘Hey Paula’, calling it “plotting, scheming, editing” and “that was not accurate documentation of my life.” A preview of the full ‘Nightline’ feature aired this morning on ‘Good Morning America’. The report added that Paula and fellow ‘Idol’ judge Randy Jackson only learned of Kara Dioguardi joining the show as the fourth judge on her way to the first audition. Video at abcnews.go.com has since been removed.

Paula Abdul Can’t Wait For Fans To Hear Comeback Album

April 13, 2009 – Paula Abdul checked in with fans on her Twitter page (@PaulaAbdul) on Sunday (April 12), revealing progress on her comeback album. The ‘American Idol’ judge writes:

Just got out of recording session. So excited how my mixes are turning out for new album!! You guys are getting the exclusive 411 on nam

Boombox!! Now or Never!! I’m just Hear for the Music!! Karma!!! Can’t wait for you to hear. You’re gonna dance your A**es off :)

Paula Abdul On Paying Tribute To Scott MacIntrye

April 9, 2009 – Paula Abdul reacted to Scott MacIntrye’s run on ‘American Idol’ coming to an end on Wednesday night, after the judge offered some heartfelt thoughts to the visually impaired singer, calling him “an inspiration to the entire world” and “one classy gentleman.” Abdul writes on her Twitter account (@PaulaAbdul):

I really wanted to pay tribute to a remarkable contestant last night. After the show I got a chance to tell Scott…

It’s never about the destination, it’s all about the journey- and he took all of us on an unforgettable one.

Paula Abdul Talks ‘Idol’, Jewelry, Twitter & Music

Paula Abdul visited ‘Good Day LA’ on Thursday (April 2), talking about the new season of ‘American Idol’. Paula talked about her busy schedule, giving Simon Cowell the coloring book and how they’ve become the show within a show, what she thought about Megan Joy’s ouster, talking with Jillian Reynolds eight years about about the ‘Idol’ offer before anyone else, her HSN jewelry, Ryan Seacrest’s work ethic, and having her ex roommate Kara DioGuardi join the show.

On the web extra interview, Paula talked about the products she’s been using, how Simon is big on skin care, joining Twitter (@PaulaAbdul), recording new material in the studio that she says is “reminiscent of my first album”, how the kids on the show have it difficult, trying to be supportive while offering constructive criticism, an upcoming ‘Nightline’ appearance, and more.

The interview videos at myfoxla.com have since been removed.

Paula Abdul Attends 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards

March 29, 2009 – ‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul attended the Nickelodeon 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards held at the UCLA Pauley Pavilion on Saturday (March 28) in Westwood, California. Check out pictures from Zimbio.

Abdul also offered some advice for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant and Olympic gold medal winner Shawn Johnson after a close call with a stalker. “She’s got to stay close to her family,” Paula explained to the Los Angeles Times, having experienced a similar situation with Paula Goodspeed, a former ‘Idol’ auditioner who killed herself in front of Abdul’s home last year. “It’s very unnerving and off putting, I am certain. It’s scary and I’ve been through it. Just keep the faith and stay close to your family and remember security knows best.”

Paula Abdul Claims Fourth Judge Diss Wasn’t About Kara DioGuardi

February 26, 2009 – Paula Abdul tells UsMagazine.com that her recent comment that ‘American Idol’ “doesn’t work” with four judges was not a critique of the show’s newest judge Kara DioGuardi. “It is unfortunate that a quote of mine was taken completely out of context today,” Abdul said. “I was actually referring specifically to the use of ‘guest judges’ in seasons past, NOT Kara or this season. I am thrilled to have her by my side each week on American Idol.”

Paula Abdul & Kara DioGuardi’s Friendship Bugs Simon Cowell

January 26, 2009 – Paula Abdul spoke with Usmagazine.com at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, where the ‘American Idol’ judge talked about the addition of Kara DioGuardi. “It’s great for me because she’s my old roommate, and we’re friends,” Paul said. “And that bugs Simon. So it’s good for me.”

Paula Abdul Talks About ‘Boombox’ With Johnjay And Rich

Paula Abdul was on the phone with Johnjay and Rich of 104.7 KISS FM in Phoenix on Wednesday (January 7) to promote her MTV show ‘RAW’. They talked about how she makes news whenever she does anything, how people want to hear drama, how ‘RAW’ may become an annual event, ‘American Idol’ starting up again, her belief that ‘Nip/Tuck’ has become “very strange” in the last couple seasons, wanting to do a talk show but denying reports that she’s signed on to do one later this year, and Justin Guarini being in ‘Gone Country’.

They then moved on to her new song ‘Boombox’, a cover of a Kylie Minogue release. The DJs had a copy of the song, but Paula didn’t want them to play it yet since it’s not supposed to come out for a couple weeks. They played about 45 seconds of the song, and they were convinced it was a hit. Paula wouldn’t reveal details of its music video, and though they talked about the song and its video for several minutes, Abdul never mentioned it was a Kylie cover, no doubt angering the Australian pop star’s fans.

The interview, and the ‘Boombox’ snippet 11 minutes in, at johnjayandrich.1047kissfm.com has since been removed.

Paula Abdul Talks About ‘RAH!’, New Single ‘Boombox’

Paula Abdul was on the phone with kiwibox.com to talk about her show ‘RAH! Paula Abdul’s Cheerleading Bowl’, premiering on Saturday, January 3rd at 12PM ET/PT on MTV. “I think it’s going to show the MTV audience an inside look at the sport of cheerleading,” Abdul explained. “I think it will dispell a lot of the stuff that people think, but at the same time it’s about having fun.” Abdul says if the 90-minute program is successful, they’ll likely make it a series or an annual event.

As for plans to release a comeback album, Abdul said, “I am in the studio working, and on ‘RAH!’, you’ll hear the debut of my new single. It’s really fun, it’s called ‘Boombox’.” Check out the interview below.

Paula Abdul Mobbed By Fans & Paps Outside Beso

Paula Abdul was videotaped receiving a gift from a fan outside Beso in Hollywood on Friday (December 26), telling the assembled paparazzi that “I’m not leaving until Simon leaves” ‘American Idol’. Paula added that she’s “grateful for a 20 year career”. Watch footage below.

‘Idol’ Producer Says Paula Abdul Is An Integral Part Of The Show

December 16, 2008 – ‘American Idol’ producer Ken Warwick spoke in support of Paula Abdul during a conference call about the show’s upcoming eighth season Monday afternoon with reporters as talk swired she may leave the FOX program. “America loves Paula. She’s an integral part of this program,” Warwick said. “Never have I been faced with anyone saying Paula’s got to go. She’s one of the foundation blocks of this series. She keeps Simon well in control.”

Warwick also echoed the comments of Nigel Lythgoe in saying that he had no idea Paula was so concerned about Paula Goodspeed, who apparently committed suicide outside Abdul’s home, when she auditioned for the show. “If the inference is that I would put someone in there because it would make good television… she certainly didn’t mention it to me,” Warwick said. “She certainly didn’t mention it to anybody with clout.”