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November 3, 2013 2:46 pm

Paula Abdul On Visit to Israel: ‘Most Magnificent Trip I’ve Ever Taken’

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Former pop-star and current TV personality Paula Abdul said in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press that her current ongoing visit to Israel is “the most magnificent trip [she’s] ever taken.”

“I’ve traveled the world touring and things like that but I don’t get the chance to see much of wherever I’m at,” she said. Abdul described the visit as “the most magnificent trip I’ve ever taken … magical and emotional.”

An official guest of Israel’s ministry of tourism, Abdul has been touring the country on a 10-day visit, which has included a meeting with President Shimon Peres, a trip to the Western Wall—where she reportedly celebrated her bat mitzvah—and other sites throughout the country.

“Beyond being Jewish, I’ve always found myself to be very much in tune with spirituality,” the 51-year-old Abdul told The Associated Press. “I feel very grateful coming to Israel now, where as a woman I know who I am a lot more than even 10 years ago.”

During the interview Abdul also weighed in on American pop star Miley Cyrus, not because of her recent comment about Jewish record executives, but for her popularization of twerking, a dance that involves hip-shaking and other sexually charged movements.

“I think when girls dance, they should be girls,” Abdul said. “I don’t find it the most attractive kind of dance. My Chihuahua can twerk and stick her tongue out at the same time too.”

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