Paula Abdul Named Judge on The X Factor

Reunites with Simon Cowell

After months of speculation, Paula Abdul has been named as one of the four judges on upcoming Fox talent competition The X Factor, where she will reunite with executive producer Simon Cowell.  

"I've always wanted Paula and have always been very vocal about that," said Cowell in a statement regarding Abdul's new judging duties. "You just have to get that chemistry, and she's right. I've never found anyone better than her," he added.

The panel will also include Antonio L.A. Reid, who was previously the chairman of Island Def Jam Records, and British singer Cheryl Cole. 

Based on the successful U.K. series, The X Factor debuts next fall on Fox.