Paula Abdul says she and fellow "X Factor" judge Simon Cowell are "back to our good old relationship" that the two shared on the panel of "American Idol."
The FOX network confirmed on Sunday, May 8, that Abdul, 48, will serve as the fourth judge of the U.S. version of "The X Factor," a singing contest series Cowell, 51, is launching in the fall. They will be joined by UK singer Cheryl Cole, 27, and American music mogul L.A. Reid, 54.
"Lots of questions asking me 'What's it like working w/ Simon again?' - It's great to be around Simon again for real! :)) yes for real!" Abdul Tweeted recently. "Simon & I got over the honeymoon period very quickly! Back to our good old relationship!"
She later posted a photo of Cowell with his arm around her as they spoke to reporters.
Auditions for the U.S. version of "The X Factor" began weeks ago and contestants appeared before the judges for the first time on Sunday in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Reporter said.
At the auditions, Cowell sat on the far right side of the judges' table and next to Abdul, the Hollywood Reporter said, adding that Cole was seated to her right and next to Reid. Cowell and Abdul usually sat next to one another when they were judges on "American Idol."
Cowell had been open about his desire to work with Abdul again. He and the choreographer and pop singer were often seen squabbling, mostly in a playful way, on the judging panel of "American Idol" until Abdul left the show in 2009. Cowell departed a year later as part of a series shakeup made amid declining ratings.
The trade publication also quoted Cole, who previously hosted the UK version of the show, as saying to the audience at the auditions: "You may have to bear with the accent a little bit."
Abdul Tweeted that despite concerns by some viewers, she is able to understand Cole despite her northeastern English accent, adding: "She's a delight, lovely & sweet. what accent?"
"Gotta tell you about Cheryl- 'The Fierce' is STRONG w/ this one! :)" Abdul said. "She's lovely! xoP"
On Saturday, May 7, it was reported that Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones will be the hosts of the U.S. version of "The X Factor."
Scherzinger, 32, is a former member of the girl group the Pussycat Dolls and appeared on the UK version of "X-Factor" while Jones, 34, has hosted several shows in the UK, including "T4 Music" and "As Seen on TV."After leaving "American Idol," Abdul launched her own talent series, "Live To Dance," on CBS earlier this year, which suffered from lackluster ratings. The show was not renewed for a second season.
"The X Factor" seeks undiscovered talent 12 years old or over, in solo artists or groups who will perform in front of the panel in hopes of winning a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Unlike "American Idol," hopefuls can perform in groups.
Check out the "X Factor" promo below.