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    Re: Hey Paula

    I recorded this, but I am still wondering if I should invest the time in watching....

    Can she still sing?

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    Re: Hey Paula

    This just hurt. Get some help, now. If it's just sleep deprivation (which I doubt), get a couple of sleeping pills (just a couple!). Keep the dogs away from the million dollar jewelry. They are not cute when they almost swallow an outrageously priced ring.
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    Re: Hey Paula

    I hope I'm doing this right.

    VH1.com : Paula Abdul : 'Hey Paula' Recap: An Open Letter To Paula Abdul From MTV News' 'American Idol' Expert - Urge Music Downloads

    'Hey Paula' Recap: An Open Letter To Paula Abdul From MTV News' 'American Idol' Expert

    'It's one thing to let cameras follow you. It's another to give your permission to air an episode like this at all. ...'

    by Jim Cantiello


    Paula Abdul in "Hey Paula" (Bravo)


    Hey Paula,

    I know it's been a rough couple of years, what with the rumors and the manicures from hell and the Dr. Phil "Why Can't I Find A Man" primetime specials. No doubt you're fed up with the public's perception of you as an eccentric, unstable whackadoo with an affinity for costume jewelry and new-agey platitudes.

    So I guess I understand why you would agree to have TV cameras follow you around for a reality show. "This'll show 'em who I REALLY am! [seal clap]"

    Unfortunately, the reality of reality TV is that "reality" bites. Big time.

    Just ask Valerie Cherish. (The four of you who watched Lisa Kudrow's brilliant-but-cancelled HBO series "The Comeback" know exactly what I'm talking about.)

    But in this day and age, you should have known better.

    By now, it's common knowledge that reality producers can and will take things out of context. In post-production, a capable editor can make you say practically anything. (Did you catch this week's "Hell's Kitchen?" The producers strung together words to make it sound like a hot blond contestant said, "I love to put things in my mouth."

    Therefore, not surprisingly, Thursday night's two-episode premiere of your Bravo reality show "Hey Paula" was a less-than-flattering portrait comprised of out-of-context moments carefully edited to maximize each awkward second to the fullest.

    Throughout the first 30-minute episode, I could smell the desperation. Like Valerie Cherish, you seemed perfectly aware of the camera at all times. Each laugh was a tad too hearty, each quip sounded rehearsed and you even made a point to hug your housekeeper despite her obvious distaste for being on screen. If only we could access thought-bubbles during the broadcast, closed-caption-style. Your bubble there would definitely say, "This will make me look like a nice person. I'm telling my housekeeper that I love her!" (I don't doubt that you're a loving person who appreciates your home staff, but I'm not so sure you would have gone out of your way to shower Marina with affection if Bravo weren't aiming cameras at you.)

    Even when you chewed out your two bumbling assistants for not packing your luggage correctly, there was a whiff of self-editing, albeit unsuccessful. (Quick note for future episodes: turning your back to the camera does not render you invisible. The mic picks up everything you say and/or whisper, and just because we don't see your face doesn't mean producers won't broadcast that footage with subtitles. Am I the only one who remembers the implied sex scene from "Joe Millionaire?" I still have nightmares about the "slurp, slurp" caption.)

    Any chance in resetting your public image was shot to hell thanks to the spirit-crushing second episode. Your sleepless trip to New York was so harrowing and trippy it would have sent Hunter S. Thompson to rehab. The firm "I'm a warrior" facade quickly melted away to reveal a babbling, childish, hot mess of a woman who suffered from "insomnia" thanks in part to guzzling venti-sized Starbucks drinks at four in the morning. In a sharp contrast to episode one, you were oblivious to the camera, looking as lost and confused as 50 Cent at the BET Awards (see "50 Cent Explains BET Awards Mishap: 'I Just Wasn't Concentrating' "). There wasn't much the producers could do to make the footage any more or less damning.

    Which brings me to my final point. It's one thing to let cameras follow you. It's another to give your permission to air an episode like this at all. I'm sure you had final say in what ended up in the show. (You had a nifty production logo in the end credits, suggesting you were more than just a passive participant in the production.) I can't imagine what made you look at this and say, "I want America to watch me slur through an interview, crawl around a perfume plant and profess my love for Dunkin Donuts while I nod off in the back of a car!" Either you're that desperate for the spotlight now that "Idol" is on hiatus, or you actually think America will drink your "I go wacky when I'm overtired" Kool-Aid. Either way, it makes me really, really sad.

    Perhaps most depressing is knowing there are four more episodes of this televised train wreck yet to air. There's only so much I can take before I jump ship for a more stable unstable reality show character.

    I hear Mary Murphy from that dancer show is pretty wacky. What night is "So You Think You Can Dance" on again?

    Best, Jim Cantiello

    This report is from MTV News.

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    Re: Hey Paula

    Hmm....

    Well color me different...

    I watched the first two episodes (first hour), and all things considered, I thought she came across OK... I thought a lot of it was her skewed sense of humor... The hardest part to watch was her with her hair down explaining what was going on... ACK... Paula, just a tip... Put your hair UP...

    I saw nothing that could possibly compare to the Anna Nicole Show...

    But what do I know... I'm not at all impressed with Kathy Griffin's award winning swear fest...

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    I don't get Paula, but I don't get a lot of celebrities. Paula has complained a lot about how she doesn't like how she is portrayed and she says the internet is mean and hurtful. Yet, she puts herself on a reality show where she acts all loopy for all of us to judge. Its like she is asking for it now.

    Hey Paula, Isn't the american idol money and fame enough Paula??
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    I like Paula. I like all the AI judges and even Ryan. I have no problem with any of 'em except when Paula is on drugs.

    I don't know that I'd like them in real life, but what I see on TV is harmless and playful but tough in a business that has to be one of the most difficult in which to survive.

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    I believe that Paula took the network to court to keep the show from being aired, and lost. I remember reading something about a lawsuit over the airing of this mess, ah show.

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    I wish someone would've told Paula that she doesn't have to address the camera directly. As Kathy Griffin puts it, "don't break the 4th wall."

    Aren't there treatments for insomnia, besides the aforementioned avoiding late night Starbucks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rt1ky;2460835;
    Aren't there treatments for insomnia, besides the aforementioned avoiding late night Starbucks?
    And some are even "natural", like melatonin, passaflora, and valerian root. They don't work for everyone (especially those with certain drug addictions...) but anything would work better than Starbucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snarkattack;2457332;
    Hey Paula, Isn't the american idol money and fame enough Paula??

    exactly!! is she broke?

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