Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Paula Abdul goes Rah! after the New Year 

Posted by Sasha at 10:07 PM ET

April MacIntyre
Monsters and Critics
Dec 16, 2008

The New Year brings Paula Abdul in yet another smallscreen reinvention for the ex Laker girl, keeping busy in the aftermath of a deranged fan who mysteriously died (suicide not confirmed yet) inside her car, parked on Paula's street. Paula has not returned to that home and plans to move.

Abdul has put out a beacon call for the cheerleaders of the world to come forth.

From MTV:

Here is your chance to see what goes on behind the cute uniforms and pom poms. MTV joins with pop icon and former Los Angeles Laker Girl Abdul to take viewers inside the intense world of competitive cheerleading with RAH! Paula Abdul’s Cheerleading Bowl airing on Saturday, January 3rd at 12pm et/pt.

RAH! is an elite cheerleading event that will take viewers on a journey with five collegiate squads hand-selected by Abdul as they travel to New York City to compete in the ultimate cheerleading competition. “Rah is a project a lifetime in the making, said Paula Abdul.” “I wanted to share one of my greatest passions, in a unique and special format that celebrates the true spirit, creativity and athleticism that is cheerleading.”

The Univeristy of Arizona, University of Hawaii, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Montana, and The University of Miami at Ohio will send their squads to the mat where they will have to use all their physical endurance and dance ability to perform the best routines of their lives in a competition that rewards creativity just as highly as athleticism.

“In cheerleading a squad has to have both physical stamina and the ability to use dance and music to put on a great show. The special offers a first-hand look at that unique mix of athletics and choreography and shows how much these teams put on the line to be amazing competitors,” said Tony DiSanto, Executive Vice President, Series Development & Programming for MTV. “As a former cheerleader, performer and choreographer, Paula has an incredible respect for squads everywhere and incredible experience with the music and moves a team needs to win.”

Abdul will host and coach, and with her dance and choreography history she will put the teams through their paces in challenges with a distinct MTV edge.

Along with Abdul, a panel of judges and cheerleading experts will critique the squads on athletic ability, creativity and teamwork.

Serving as Rah! judges are Hi-Hat, choreographer for “Bring It On” and “Step Up 2: The Streets”, Scott Bouchard, Head Coach for UMass Dartmouth, and Brenna Klinger, NJ Nets Dancer. Facing off for a shot at a once-in-a-lifetime prize – a feature in American Cheerleader Magazine and a trip for their squad to attend MTV Spring Break 2009 – the teams will give it their all until four are forced to pack-up their pom poms and one is dubbed the Rah! cheer champ.

Below are a couple video previews from the special:

Paula teaches people some moves:

The video below reveals the top two squads so don’t view it if you don’t want to see which teams make it to the end!

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