After the judges pan her version of "Proud Mary," the contestant vows to keep on singing

By People Staff
November 12, 2008 01:30 PM

Former American Idol contestant Paula Goodspeed, whose car was found outside Paula Abdul‘s house with a body inside, expressed great admiration for Abdul at the Season 5 audition.

“I really like Paula Abdul a lot. She’s really cool,” said Goodspeed when asked about her inspiration during the Idol audition process. “I’m a really big fan, and I made life-sized drawings of Paula. I’ve been drawing ever since I was a little kid, and my first drawing was of Paula Abdul.”

Goodspeed, dressed in shades of pink for her audition, sang “Proud Mary” before Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell – but did not make it to Hollywood. Her performance was panned.

“I’m sorry, Paula,” said Abdul.

“It’s not over,” said Goodspeed at the time. “I’m not going to stop singing just because you don’t like my voice.”

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