Paula Goodkind appeared on American Idol in either 2005 or 2006 (reports vary) for season five of the show. She was crazy enough back then with her Paula Abdul obsession that the American Idol producers spent several minutes of an episode on her, the way they often do with the craziest contestants, on the assumption that the audience likes watching that kind of stuff.
I guess Paula didn’t return the love, since she was found dead of an apparent suicide outside Paula’s house yesterday:
A woman who authorities said once tried to become a contestant on “American Idol” was found dead outside the Sherman Oaks home of “Idol” judge Paula Abdul in a case police are investigating as a possible suicide.
Authorities identified the woman as Paula Goodspeed, 30, from Thousand Oaks. (Police earlier had said her name was spelled “Goodespeed.”)
Goodspeed was found dead in a car about 6 p.m. Tuesday outside the house in the 3800 block of Beverly Ridge Drive.
“We are investigating the case as a possible suicide,” said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner’s office. The cause of death will not be determined until after toxicology tests are completed, he added.
For the curious out there — which is probably you, since you’re reading this post — Goodspeed also had a Myspace blog post about her American Idol audition, which includes gems like “my style is a mix of 1980’s icons: Punky Brewster, Rainbow Brite and Cyndi Lauper.” She also has a long discussion about how she changed her audition song in the months between the huge stadium audition and the Randy/Simon/Paula audition, and that’s what doomed her. Not that she was chosen simply because she’d make for funny television. No, couldn’t happen.
Her AI clip also has her talking about drawing life-size drawings of Paula Abdul, and says that Abdul was the first thing she drew as a kid. Alarm bells! Look out!