Paula Abdul Talks ‘MDA Show of Strength Telethon’


Paula Abdul is teaming up with ABC, along with a star-studded line up including Austin Mahone, the Backstreet Boys and more, for the two-hour MDA Show of Strength Telethon.

During the 48th annual telethon, the actress and singer will introduce Muscular Dystrophy Association families who are sharing their stories of strength. But one presentation that’s special to Abdul is 8-year-old Reagan Imhoff, who is affected by spinal muscular atrophy.

“There’s a wonderful 8-year-old girl named Reagan Imhoff from Wisconsin who performed a choreographed dance on last year’s Telethon,” Abdul tells On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “Reagan’s muscles are weak due to a muscle disease and she can’t walk…but that didn’t stop her from delivering a beautiful dance performance from her motorized wheelchair. Reagan will be on the Telethon again this year, and I’m giving her something special to recognize her spirit and her love of dance, so I hope everyone will tune in to see that.”

Abdul’s surprise will follow Lee Ann Womack‘s performance of “I Hope You Dance.”

Catch the two-hour MDA Show of Strength Telethon, which raises funds and awareness to support MDA’s mission to help children and adults affected by progressive and often fatal muscle diseases, on ABC stations across the country on Sunday, September 1 at 9-11 p.m. ET. Click here to donate!