paula abdul dancing with the stars getty 'Dancing With the Stars': Paula Abdul appearing as guest judgeFormer “American Idol” and “X Factor” judge Paula Abdul has booked a new judging gig, at least for next week. It was announced Monday (Oct. 8) that Abdul will appear as a special guest judge next Monday, Oct. 15 on “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars.”

Abdul is no stranger to dance. She got her start as a Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader, where she quickly rose up the ranks to choreographing their routines. She has also choreographed dance routines for the “American Music Awards,” the Academy Awards, various music videos of her own and music videos by such artists as Michael and Janet Jackson plus scenes in movies like “Big” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

“Dance has always been my first love and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ epitomizes what dance can do to the human spirit and that’s why I love the show. It’s a marriage made in dancing heaven,” says Abdul.

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