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Paul Abdul in a promotional photo for Live to Dance in 2010. - Provided courtesy of CBS / Miranda Penn Turin

Paula Abdul set to be fourth judge on 'The X Factor,' report says

05/08/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Paula Abdul might be back at the judging table with Simon Cowell, her former "American Idol" co-star, on Fox's "The X Factor," according to the Associated Press.

The report cites an unnamed source close to the situation, confirming that Abdul's joining the new singing contest was reportedly held up as negotiations continued until the day before the show's first taping.

Representatives for Abdul have not commented on the report.

After leaving "American Idol" in 2009, Abdul launched her own talent series, "Live To Dance," on CBS earlier this year, which suffered from lackluster ratings. The Associated Press report claims she was recently released by the network from any further obligations.

Cowell, who is launching the United States version of "The X Factor," has been open about his desire to work with Abdul again.

"I've always wanted Paula. Always been very vocal about that," Cowell told Deadline.com in an interview in April. "I missed her the second she left the show. Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain ... I think there's a good chance it will be her. We've agreed that we would meet as many people as possible, and now we're reaching the deadline we've got to make the decision soon. But I think she's got a really good shot."

According to the wire service, Abdul will be on hand for Sunday's taping in Los Angeles of the first judging session for "The X Factor."

Earlier this week British singer and UK "X Factor" judge Cheryl Cole was confirmed as a judge for the U.S. version of the singing contest, officially joining the Cowell and music mogul L.A. Reid.

"I'm thrilled for Cheryl," Cowell said in a statement provided by FOX. "She is massively excited about this show, and has been fantastic to work with. She is also a complete brat! Most importantly, this girl can spot talent."

Cole, a 27-year-old pop singer who rose to fame as a member of the group Girls Aloud, sat alongside Cowell on the judging panel of the UK version of "The X Factor" for three years. It has been reported for weeks that she was in talks to join the U.S. adaptation of the program, which Cowell is spearheading.

Antonio "L.A." Reid's role on the show was announced in March.

On Saturday it was reported that Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones will be the hosts of the U.S. version of the singing contest series.

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."

Auditions for the U.S. version of "The X Factor" began weeks ago. The show is seeking 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.

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