May 2011 08

Paula Abdul Simon Cowell KissIn a surprising announcement, Paula Abdul joins the list of judges on Simon Cowell’s US version of THE X FACTOR.

Abdul, who was a judge alongside Cowell on AMERICAN IDOL for the first eight seasons of the show, also joins Cheryl Cole and Antonio “L.A.” Reid as THE X FACTOR hits the States. Cowell said, “This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can’t believe I am saying this – I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she’s on the show.”

About joing the US version of THE X FACTOR, Abdul said, “I am excited beyond words to be a part of THE X FACTOR. I couldn’t be happier to bring my love for cultivating talent and performance to such a wildly anticipated show… I’m looking forward to being back with the FOX family and know that it will be an extraordinary journey — we’re going to have a blast. I’m also delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again… but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!”

So the official lineup of judges for the US version of THE X FACTOR is Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Cheryl Cole. For more information about the show, visit

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