Paula Abdul & Simon Cowell Reteam For 'X Factor'

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May. 8 2011, Updated 3:00 p.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

Contracts were signed late Saturday night to bring Paula Abdul onto the judging panel at Simon Cowell's X Factor.

The reunion of Cowell and Abdul ups the ante considerably on the anticipation factor of X Factor, the talent competition Cowell created in the UK and is launching in the U.S. in September.

Paula left American Idol and struck out on her own with a dance competition, Live to Dance, on CBS. It was a critical and ratings flop. But that didn't stop Cowell from wanting her by his side for X Factor.

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The show will be hosted by former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and UK TV personality Steve Jones.

Along with Cowell and Abdul, singer Cheryl Cole and record mogul L.A. Reid will be judges.

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