Paula Abdul Reveals How She Became a Laker Girl, 'Straight Up' Slays Performance on 'Late Late Show': Watch


Paula Abdul paid a visit to The Late Late Show on Wednesday night (Sept. 5) to promote her first solo tour in 25 years, STRAIGHT UP PAULA! and prove that after nearly 40 years in the business she's only getting better.

Host James Corden asked Abdul about her start as a L.A. Laker Girl at age 18 and how she got the coveted cheerleading gig. Abdul explained that her friends — who at the time were running some cheerleading camps — convinced her to try out for the team with them. "I was the only one smart enough, because I knew what I was up against, that I would be told no, so I brought a dance bag and brought multiple changes clothes," said Abdul.

After immediately getting cut, the "Cold Hearted" singer explained that she went to the bathroom, changed her clothes, signed up with another name, and auditioned once more, only to get cut yet again. She then asked her friends if they could stay for one more round because she had one more outfit. When they refused, Abdul stayed behind and gave it another shot, this time successfully landing a spot as a Laker Girl and then rising to head choreographer within a year.

After the interview Abdul closed out the show with a killer performance her 1988 hit "Straight Up." The pop star danced onto the stage wearing a black and white stripped ensemble featuring a brilliant light display with constantly shifting graphics perfectly timed to her choreography.

Check out Abdul's full interview and "Straight Up" performance below.