Video Review: Paula Abdul “Forever Your Girl”

In black-and-white, Paula Abdul teaches a 10-year-old girl (Nikki Cox) some choreography. Abdul stands in the studio and waits. Sitting in a chair, she watches as the director points to the stage. A twentysomething man drills into the floor while another man helps with the floor. An eight-year-old boy holds his mother’s hand as they walk into the studio. A second eight-year-old sits in the chair as a stylist fluffs his hair. She shows one of the 10-year-old girl how to play the tambourine.

In color, the three children imitate a Robert Palmer video. The eight-year-old sits cross-legged on stage and laughs. Abdul tap dances. The second eight-year-old boy imitates Don Henley.

Back in black-and-white, she teaches a group of children another routine.

In color, the children perform it on stage.

Back in black-and-white, she claps for him. She leads another routine with two young men.

In color, the eight-year-old plays a violin on stage. The second eight-year-old boy imitates George Michael.

Back in black-and-white, the three kids perform stomp in the puddle as they dance by a fence.

In color, the children perform the routine by the fence. A second young man sits at the bar. He looks up from his drink as a young woman walks in, running her hand through her hair. Abdul performs on stage, wearing a pink dress.

Back in black-and-white, the eight-year-old boy waves goodbye and leaves with his mother. In color, he stands on stage and smiles.

Rating: 3.5/5

Paula Abdul taps her foot and rests her hand underneath her chin as she watches the children perform the routine. She notices they are a beat behind during the Robert Palmer routine. She claps her hands and tells them “good job!” She walks on stage and explains a few steps to them. The second eight-year-old boy says he’s hungry. She sees the 10-year-old girl nodding but shifting her feet slowly. The second eight-year-old boy jumps up and down. She says they are going to take a 45 minute break and tells them to have a good lunch.

Abdul sits at the table and opens her salad. One of her dancers sits down next to her. She gives him a hug and says she’s excited to see him there. He says the kids are doing a great job. She says they’ve been working hard and grasping the steps. He asks her if she’s going to be doing any more clinics during the summer. She says it’s too late for the year. They hadn’t expected it to take off. But they are planning for next year, though. He says he would like to help if he can. She tells him he’s hired.

The kids talk on stage as she walks back to the studio after lunch. She announces they are going to learn a new routine. She puts the music on and the kids cheer. She smiles and shows them the routine. The eight-year-old raises his hand and she calls on him. He says he isn’t sure if can do the turn. She tells him it’s okay. She’ll teach it to him. However, they can do something else instead just in case.

At 2 p.m., she tells the kids she has one more surprise for them. She performs a tap dance routine on stage. They cheer for her. The 10-year-old girl says she wants to know how to tap dance. She says she’ll talk to her mother after class. The mother of the eight-year-old boy says her son is really enjoying dancing. She asks for recommendations as to what he should do. Abdul says enroll him in classes and let it be fun. The mother says she’ll look into it and tells she’s looking forward to the recital. The eight-year-old boy tells his friends he’ll see them next weekend. They say “goodbye” as they wait for their parents.

Director: David Fincher Year: 1989

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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