After 15 years of memorable performances, cringeworthy auditions, and shocking eliminations, the American Idol stage finally goes dark, but not before one more winner is crowned: Trent Harmon.More
The TV show American Idol premieres on the FOX network. The show is a reality-show talent contest judged by three hosts, and becomes one of the most popular network reality shows. Singers who win a season of American Idol go on to fame, fortune, and record contracts.
Paula Abdul marries actor Emilio Estevez in what at the time is an A-list union. The marriage lasts two years.
Paula Abdul's first album, Forever Your Girl, hits #1 in America. The album was released on June 13, 1988 and first appeared on the chart July 23 that year. It took 64 more weeks to hit the top spot, a record for the longest climb to the top.
Paula Abdul makes her first appearance on the US Albums chart when Forever Your Girl enters at #184. Sixty-four weeks later, it rises to #1, setting a record for most weeks on the chart before hitting the top spot.
Paula Abdul (her real name) is born in Los Angeles, California.
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