Paula Abdul is about to make her return to network TV with the new reality competition Live to Dance, which debuts Jan. 4 on CBS. But before that, she wants to set the record straight on a few things — especially the popular perception of her as a ditzy intellectual lightweight. “I am intelligent,” Abdul tells Sunday Morning‘s Julie Chen in a segment set to air Jan. 2 on CBS. “Having a brain, that’s a concept, yes, with Paula Abdul. I have a brain.”

Abdul also defended herself against accusations that she appeared intoxicated at times on American Idol. “I’ve never had a drinking problem,” she says. “Even though I’ve been in this business for quite some time. I’ve never physically been drunk in my life. I’ve never been drunk in my life. I don’t use recreational drugs. But, I am goofy.”

Check out a preview of the interview at CBS News, then sound off in the comments below: Does Paula need to defend herself? Does any of this change your opinion of her?

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