Paula Abdul has taken a long and winding road to achieve fame, ranging from singing to dancing to serving as Simon Cowell's sidekick on "American Idol." Now she's talking about twerking and the role that dance plays in her life, providing her insights from a new perspective: Returning to her Jewish roots and getting in touch with her spirituality, reported ABC News on November 3.
Taking her first trip to Israel to connect with her Jewish roots, Paula feels that getting older makes it more important to nurture her spiritual side.
"Beyond being Jewish, I've always found myself to be very much in tune with spirituality," the 51-year-old told The Associated Press. "I feel very grateful coming to Israel now, where as a woman I know who I am a lot more than even 10 years ago."
And then there's twerking, with the emphasis on hips, booty and wiggling. Paula compares Miley Cyrus' movements to those of her beloved dog.
"I think when girls dance, they should be girls," said Paula firmly. "I don't find it the most attractive kind of dance. My Chihuahua can twerk and stick her tongue out at the same time too."
And as a dance expert, she also notes that despite the focus on Miley as the leader in twerking, it's nothing new.
"Twerking has been around for many, many years," Paula revealed. She recalled that in early rap videos there were "girls bending down and twerking all over the place."
Despite dismissing twerking as for the dogs, when it comes to staying slim at 51, Paula is devoted to dance.
"I dance because I have to, because I'm so passionate about it," she said, noting that she does it as much as possible.
She recently appeared as a guest judge on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and talked with Access Hollywood about the experience and the role that dance plays in her career.
"I did ‘Live to Dance,’ my CBS show here," she said. "Then I did ‘Dancing with the Stars’ here and now I’m back doing ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ here."
Paula also discussed her views about "American Idol" Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard's decision to appear on "The Biggest Loser" to tackle his weight problems.
“Extremely proud,” she said when asked how she felt. “I think that taking his health as a No. 1 priority is what’s needed and my hat’s off to him. He’s a wonderful person with an enormous talent and now we need to take his body frame and make that smaller so he can live a long time to celebrate his beautiful voice.”
Paula recently appeared on "The Dr. Oz Show" to offer her diet and health tips: Read about her suggestions by clicking here.