Paula Abdul to Beyonce, Rihanna: You're Welcome!

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Paula Abdul is well aware of her place in history.

No, we aren't referring to her status as the Craziest Reality Show Judge of All-Time.

Instead, the American Idol star says a couple current pop icons have her to thank for their success.

"My videos stand the test of time. They are like the almanac for every performer," Abdul said in a recent interview. "Even Rhianna has come up to me and said 'I hope you don't mind.' And Beyonce. You can see the influence of what I've done. It's really fun to see that I've left a mark. It was my idea to create an animated character. It takes a lot of focus, a lot time, and a lot of money."

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Paula Abdul Biography

New American Idol Judges Paula Abdul is a former pop star who rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s with hits such as "Opposites Attract," "Forever Your Girl" and... More »
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Paula Abdul Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

The producers come up to us in the dark and said, 'We are not going to have you guys judge after each performer, we are going to have all the performers go once, then twice and at the end critique them.'

Paula Abdul [on her mistake of judging an American Idol performance that hadn't taken place]
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