Paula Abdul Visits Israel, Plans Bat Mitzvah and Rips Miley Cyrus

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The former “American Idol” and “X Factor” judge is touring the country’s religious sites

Paula Abdul has been busy touring Jerusalem and connecting with her Jewish roots, but the former judge on TV’s “American Idol” and “X Factor” judge still found time to take a shot at Miley Cyrus.

“Twerking has been around for many, many years,” Abdul told the Associated Press, noting that in early rap videos there were “girls bending down and twerking all over the place.

“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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An official guest of Israel’s ministry of tourism, Abdul has been touring the country and visiting holy sites, museums and markets. Israeli President Shimon Peres also hosted the former Lakers Girl.

Abdul said the trip has provided her the rare opportunity to experience the country like a “regular tourist” without the pressing schedule of a concert tour.

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“I don’t get the chance to see much of wherever I’m at,” said Abdul, who described the visit as “the most magnificent trip I’ve ever taken … magical and emotional.”

Abdul said she was planning on holding a belated Bat Mitzvah, the Jewish ceremony marking a coming of age, normally held for teenage girls.