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Paula Abdul Joins Simon Cowell, LA Reid and Cheryl Cole as a Judge on US The X Factor

Paula Abdul Reunites With Simon Cowell on The X Factor US

Just last week it was confirmed that Natalie Bassingthwaighte is the fourth and final judge on the local version of The X Factor. Over in the US, Simon Cowell is putting the finishing touches on his attempt to bring the popular competition show stateside, and he’s just enlisted former American Idol colleague Paula Abdul to join him at the judges’ table with Cheryl Cole and record producer LA Reid. Paula, who judged up-and-coming talent on Idol for eight seasons before leaving the show in 2009, said in a statement, “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.” She added, “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!” And it seems the feeling is mutual: Simon also said that he missed Paula and is “thrilled she’s on the show.” Rounding out the cast are Nicole Scherzinger (of Pussycat Dolls fame) and Welsh presenter Steve Jones as hosts of the show, which has just kicked off auditions in LA. How do you think the US X Factor will compare to American Idol and new show The Voice?

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