Halfway through [artist id=”1397″]Paula Abdul’s[/artist] hosting duties on Thursday night’s “VH1 Divas” — her first prime-time gig since leaving “American Idol” — the former pop hitmaker staged an amusing send-up of Ellen DeGeneres , who’s about to replace her on “Idol.”
Strutting down the aisle at the Howard Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the tune of Pink’s “Get the Party Started,” Abdul donned an Ellen-esque short blond wig and mimicked the comedian’s well-known entrances on her syndicated talk show. Paula had no doubt been studying up on Ellen’s dance moves, because she nailed ’em all as she made her way onto the stage.
Once there, Abdul was greeted by a talk-show-style set of two oversize chairs and a coffee table. The host plopped onto one of the chairs, threw her legs over one said and said, “Why are you all staring at me? Can’t a girl try out a new job?”
She then got up and turned slightly serious. “All kidding aside, nothing but love, Ellen,” she said. “I wish you the best of luck and congratulations on the new gig! And you’ve got to call me if you have any Simon [Cowell] problems, because I know him best.”
It was the funniest moment in an evening packed with a range of musical performances. Miley Cyrus sang alongside Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson teamed up with Melissa Etheridge, and Jennifer Hudson stood by Stevie Wonder as he played piano and they traded lyrics on “All in Love Is Fair.”
If you missed “VH1 Divas” on Thursday night, don’t fret: Tune in to VH1 on Friday (September 18) at 7 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at 1 p.m. to see the Divas in action.
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