By People Staff
October 16, 2000 12:00 PM

>Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul had big shoes to fill while hosting VH1’s 100 Greatest Dance Songs (Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. ET).”They wanted me to dance to my songs, but they gave me shoes that were two sizes too big,” says Abdul, a size 7. “I thought I was going to fall on my face.”

This five-part special marks a comeback of sorts for Abdul, 37, who, after her 1995 CD Head Over Heels, took a break from singing to choreograph scenes such as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s over-the-top end-zone dance in Jerry Maguire and the cheerleading routines for American Beauty. “I love coming up with new eye candy,” says Abdul, whom Britney Spears and ‘N Sync have lauded as an inspiration for their dance moves.

Now she’s eager to step back into her own music. “I am halfway done with my next CD,” she says. “It will be a tribute to dance.” The twice-divorced Abdul (first husband was actor Emilio Estevez) also dates, though she’s mum about her current beau. “I’m having fun right now,” says Abdul, who still kicks up her heels to her songs, “and just enjoying life.”