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It's (Almost) Official! Simon Cowell Reveals Final Two Judges On The X Factor!

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Wow! It's ACTUALLY happening!

And personally, we couldn't be more PSYCHED! It's like the best of both worlds combining for the PERFECT reality show!

There has been a massive amount of speculation regarding who will fill the remaining two spots left on the judges panel of the American reboot of Simon Cowell's smash UK series, The X Factor, and although the deals are STILL not finalized, the producer has finally revealed that he's settled on the already-announced Antonio "L.A." Reid, as well as (wait for it)…Cheryl Cole AND Paula Abdul!

That's right! PAULA EFFING ABDUL! We're freaking out!


According to Cowell, although the long-awaited announcement was a showcase of "complete and utter indecisiveness," he claims that Reid "was my No. 1 choice to sit alongside me on the show," and continues:

"First of all, it's like casting a dinner party. You’ve got to have people on the panel you get on well with. I never think about it as an American or British audience. I genuinely don’t. I think that’s what's happened on a lot of these shows now is it's almost like you’ve got to hire well known celebrities to be a judge. And with Cheryl, when I hired her initially, I'd only met her literally once when I offered her the job on [British] X Factor. I thought she was bright, cute, knew what she was talking about, ambitious. And you meet someone special a few times in your life.. And this girl is special. She's just got a great ability to communicate. Shes a great judge. She's smart. It's just a hunch. If people take to her like the British public did, I think she's going to do really well in America. And Fox was desperate to hire her. Mike Darnell and Peter Rice will tell you they wanted her all the time, I showed a tape to Mike Darnell two years ago of a clip I'd shot in England of Cheryl and he said there and then, 'I'd hire her now for Idol.' They absolutely fell in love with her. In a way, the deal, it was almost conditional on Cheryl having the gig. They were desperate for her. I've always wanted Paula. Always been very vocal about that. I missed her the second she left the show. Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. And I've been consistent about this. I don’t know what it is about her, but I've always clicked with her. You just have to get that chemistry, and she's right. I've never found anyone better than her. 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."

Granted, Abdul's deal has even started yet and Chezza's STILL isn't quite done, but we've heard it from his mouth, so we're going with it…and frankly, think that he might be on to something!

British audiences took very kindly to Cheryl when she joined X Factor in its fifth season, and we all know that a lot of American Idol's initial success came from Paula's shenanigans, so to combine the two along with Reid is a pretty smart move!

We just hope that this is the end of all the speculation! We're tired of having to guess who's going to take the spots!

Well done, Simon!

And if you're interested, check out which rumored artists Cowell actually considered for Paula and Cheryl's spots…AFTER THE JUMP!

What do U think?? Are U excited for The X Factor's judging panel?

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- Diddy was only interested if he owned part of The X Factor, so he was NOT approached. Cowell claims, "I've read an interview where he said if he was approached for X Factor, that’s what he'd want. But there was no way that would ever happen. We don’t have that kind of budget to pay these kind of salaries. So we didn’t even approach him."

- Snoop was NOT approached. Cowell: "I've read that he's turned us down. Honest to God, I've met him before, but I've never once spoken to him about the doing the show."

- Cee Lo WAS briefly considered: "I met him and his manager for 30 minutes. He told me he was doing The Voice. I said maybe we should set up a meeting with your producers. And then I started thinking about that afterwards and decided it's sort of pointless doing that since he's going to be committed to that show. And I already knew at that point that L.A. Reid was pretty much a done deal. So I just didn’t follow it up. But, again, we never offered him the show, and he didn’t meet our producers, and he certainly didn’t call me to say he turned us down."

- Same case with Jennifer Lopez.

- Gloria Estefan showed up at Miami auditions unexpectedly, but they never discussed a full-time position.

- Mariah Carey was a hot choice for a position, but she turned them down due to her pregnancy.

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46 comments to “It's (Almost) Official! Simon Cowell Reveals Final Two Judges On The X Factor!”

  1. 1

    im pissed. why the hell would they have la reid and then someone america knows crap about. that's a waste of a seat.

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    Black American audiences will reject this drunken mess, Cheryl Cole, for her vicious assault against an African bathroom attendant at a London nightclub.

    We don't approve of bigots who physically assault others based on their race.
    What ever happened to your refrain, "Violence is never the answer"? This lowlife filthy chav is UNFORGIVEN. Stay in the U.K.

  3. 3

    Re: caroaber
    Wasn't her husband black? lol

  4. 4

    Re: caroaber – - She was married to a black man.
    And you never know if that jamaican girl lied.
    Anyway, I agree with you on the last part. She should stay in U.K.
    I believe americans in general are not interested in her.

    I love Paula so good choice.

  5. auds says – reply to this


    I couldn't be LESS interested in these choices. I was thrilled out of my mind to hear Paula was LEAVING American Idol, so I'll be skipping X Factor if she's going to be on it. She's nuts & I can't STAND her. How about we hire someone with talent that's been performing in the last, say, 20 years?? UGH.

  6. 6

    This panel WON"T work. Simon has put so much to get Cheryl Cole onto that panel and he is adding Paula as well. That's stupid. Paula will outshine Cheryl easily and nobody will pay attention to Cheryl and her American Dream will be ended. I don't like US X Factor judging panel at all. Bad, bad, bad…

  7. 7

    Re: caroaber – yeh that's so racist of her to be fucking and marry a black man! u r so right. IDIOTTT

  8. 8

    WOW AWESOME NEWS Cheryl Cole will be a GREAT judge on U.S.X Factor, Cheryl is completely CHARMING but she's completely GORGEOUS. LOVE Cheryl songs Fight For This Love, Parachute and Promise This. CHERYL IS FABULOUS

  9. 9

    yayyyyyyyyyyyy cheryllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can't waittttttttt for x factor now :D :D i don't care much for the paula person. but as long as cheryl's there i don't mind :D

  10. 10

    Now Perez, exactly why oh why should we give a fuck about an old Has been named Abdul and a British girl no one knows or cares about. LA Reid is the only person care about because he has actually done something noteworthy. Abdul is a nut bag, Simon is entertainment and Cheryl Crow or is it Cole is a who???Who is she and what has she done that gives her the right to judge American singers…this show is gonna be a joke.

  11. 11

    I'm British, cant stand her. Overrated, not talented and bigheaded. America won't like her.

  12. 12

    urgh…great,just great, i cannot stand Cheryl Cole n hated seeing her on the u.k x-factor n now she is on u.s version. she is not famous state side n is a really bad choice as a judge.she cant sing,is a total drama queen and acts like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth! Paula Abdul is o.k but still sooooo not exited 4 this years judging pane

  13. 13

    Stfu people… you say what gives the right for a "british" girl to come over and judge us, but you didnt say that about Simon? A british guy coming over to judge us also… 10 years ago. He was accepted, so she might be too

  14. 14

    Cheryl cole racist? she was married to a black man… if you talk about something at least you should verify what you're saying. Cheryl is a nobody? She's HUGE in UK. An in America she isn't well-known but it doesn't mean she can't judge and FYI glee did sing one song of the girl band she's a part of. You might know it : Push it.
    Then, you don't know her, give her a shot, you got nothing to lose. Don't judge without knowing. She's nice, down to hearth, beautiful, caring and charming. (my opinion).

  15. 15

    Signing on Paula was a smart move. If they hadn't, I wouldn't have had any interest in the show at all. Now with Paula on-board, I do.

  16. 16

    so basically its american idol

  17. 17

    way that bitch cheryl cole hate her!!!!!!!!!! she has no talent Nicole Scherzinger should be a judge….NOOOOOOOOO cheryl

  18. 18

    Seriously? Paula Abdul isn't relevant to music nowadays at all, whether it's UK or US. No-one cares about her. She's a loose cannon who got fired for a reason. It's just like Simon Cowell constantly trying to get everyone to care about Sinitta on the UK version. She's a has been!! With regards to Cheryl I understand why the Americans are cautious as they don't know her but, even though I'm not a huge fan of hers, she will probably end up winning people over because she has a lot of US connections and she is attractive and she is a pretty good judge

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  20. 20

    Simon & Paula have always went well together so I have no problems with that… but her and Cheryl Cole? It'll be interesting to see how that one plays out.

  21. 21

    Cheryl popularity is heavily declineing in the UK, Dannii outshone her the whole last series (although simon made a point of 'reminding' everyone had great she is) she was popular becauses shes pretty and everyone felt sorry for her because of her cheating prick of an ex husband. if simon said that both paula and cheryl were his top choices and they were always going to be on it, but who would have missed out if mariah had accepted?

  22. 22

    Cheryl is cute even tho I don't always understand what she's saying. Paula though, are you serious? Nutcase irritating me, I won't watch. The Voice has the best judges.

  23. 23

    British audiences took to Cheryl Cole? The man's lost touch with reality. I don't know anyone who likes this thug.

  24. 24

    Cheryl Cole will fail SPECTACULARLY! Can't wait…

  25. 25

    Cheryl Cole will be totally overlooked on XFACTOR US. Once people will find out she was charged for physically assaulting and verbally abusing a black toilet attendant, SHE WILL BE CRUCIFIED! This bitch was married to a half black monkey, WOW THE HYPOCRISY–worst yet is her halfblack husband ACTUALLY marrying a white woman who used the N-WORD. Are all british people that fucked?

  26. 26

    Re: duttybarb – UM WHO THE HELL IS RANDY JACKSON OR LIL MAMA OR FRIKKIN JC CHASEZ??? BUT WE ALL WATCH AMERICA'S BEST DANCE CREW! ORRR WHOOOOOOOOO THE HELL ARE THOSE JUDGES ON DANCING WITH THE STARS???? :s :s :s um x factor brought us leona lewis :D and diana vickers. :D and i didn't even know about ryan seacrest or simon till american idol. it's because x factor's being talked about before it actually premieres that ppl have time to hate on it before even watchin.

  27. 27

    I totally thought this show has already started. All of this hype is ridiculous. I know more about the show now then I will when it actually decides to preview.

  28. 28

    Re: BlakXtinaFan – america's not one to judge ppl. everyone loves charlie sheen, chris brown, christina aguilera who btw has her bf living with her and her SOON TO BE ex husband along with her child (haven't heart judgement on that one) and still rooting for lindsay to do well, love naomi campbell who beats up her staff, has ppl like kelly osbourne insulting (judging) fashion on E, has the KARDASHIANS( who became publicly known primarily cuz of her sex tape i recall her saying to the camera, hiii everyoneee while fucking her monkey) as the highest watched reality show out thr…

    so i highly doubttttt america's gona give a shit if she beat up some jamaican (them jamaicans be feisty) when she was young and drunk.and i think it's safe to say she isn't racist cuz she likes em big and black.

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  30. 30

    Cheryl Cole? They're doomed. And I'm British.

  31. 31

    do people actually care about who is going to judge this stupid show. It's going to fail no matter who judges.

  32. 32

    Whoa! RECONSIDER. Paula has had her run on A.I. Im sick of her, she can't sing worth shit. . SHE DOESNT EVEN PERFORM ANYMORE, SERIOUSLY.
    Reid? Okay i guess.
    Cheryl Cole… i only know her from that promise this song which i absolutely hated until Adele covered it on live lounge and totally owned Cheryl. Could we actually get judges who can sing? So far this panel sucks major ass.

  33. 33

    I like cheryl but i think shes gonna be there for the eye candy and because of how well her and simon play off each other…do think they may have to subtitle her. lol

  34. 34

    I'm so excited!! :D Paula and Simon reunion is gonna be classic. All we need now is an 'Official' announcement that Paula is on. BTW .. I really don't care who the other judges are as long as Paula and Simon are on it together. :)

  35. 35

    Cheryl Cole by the British media is a considered a British singer convicted of assault, a talentless singer who has a family with criminal records,a rasist. Well there are about 85% of stars in Hollywood that have criminal records in the past, about 90% plus of singers in Hollywood can't sing, but are making millions, about 70% plus of them have families with criminal records that's far worse than that of Cheryl's, and that's just for Hollywood . A rasist?, Really people,she's friends with Will i am and Usher. If the executives of the US X factor show really cared about how her accent or her criminal past would have affected the show, they wouldn't have accepted her even if Simon agreed to it or not. As for the fact American's won't welcome her?,Well we've got VB and Piers M of whom most Americans dislike, but they've still making millions,aren't they?. And reports that she's being mistaken for Sheryl Crow?, Now that's a whole lot of tosh.

  36. 36

    Wow, This show is going to tank. The only thing that will save it is LA Reid because "HE ACTUALLY KNOWS ABOUT MUSIC". Paula Abdul is an ok choice but Tweedy??? come on. American Idol gets JLo, The Voice gets Christina Aguilera and X-Factor gets tweedy who nobody knows, the UK hated in the last season of X-Factor (especially considering the Gamu saga) and cant sing a note in tune to save her life. Tweedy is the weakest link and should be sent back to London. They should have picked Mel B for the states and not Tweedy. Oh well.

  37. 37

    Re: buhwahdmoda – X-Factor also dropped 4 winners. Out of 7 seasons of X-Factor, 4 winners have been dropped by their record label. Steve (the Fat one), Leon (The Shy one), Joe (The Gay one) and Shayne (The Good looking one) all don't have record contracts anymore.
    X-Factor is a sham. I watch it for entertainment value. I don't expect it to produce any starts especially if you consider out of 7 winners, 4 have been dropped. American Idol has had 10 seasons and non of the winners have been dropped. That is a poor record for X-Factor.

  38. 38

    Some of you are so fucking stupid. Just because a person is married to a black person or has black friends doesn't make them any less racist you dumb clowns. As for this clown face no name person….once the press gets a hold of her hitting a poor African toilet attendant, she is going to get murdered in the press. Watch what I tell you. With Paula on the panel, Cheryl is going to be overlooked big time too! LOLOL!

  39. 39

    Sweet panel, Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul.

    And I am pretty sure that being married to a black man eliminates you from being a racist….just saying.

  40. 40

    What's the best way not to look racist..marry a black guy, chum up to the likes of Will.I.Am and cry a lot. Just wait for the TV interviews with Cheryl where she's crying and doe eyed. Piers Scum Morgan will be one of the first. If Cheryl goes with the "you smashed it" or "I loved it" sentiments, she'll be ridiculed. If she dares to try and judge properly, and Americans find out just how talentless she is, she's in for a hell of lashing. Why would anyone want to be judged by someone who mimes and can't even sing live? Best of luck America..once you're past her looks, there's bugger all else to see.

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    Re: buhwahdmoda – This is in a view of an White British person with Irish and Italian decent. caroaber is right, Chavyl is a racist when she punched the toilet attendant, and refused to put Gamu through to the X Factor live show, and put two White inferior acts through. She only married Ashley Cole as, 1. She was the most HATED girl in Girl's Aloud, 2. She did it as a cover up to her racist accusations which would be true and 3. She is unoriginal as she has done a Posh Spice as they were in girl groups and married football players!!

  42. 42

    Re: Olivia0306 – The song Push It is by Salt-N-Pepa which is an AMERICAN hip-hop group from Queens, New York. Girl's Aloud only COVERED it. That's doesn't mean that Glee knows about Girls Aloud, you Chavyl lover! I'm British because I know the word CHAV!

  43. 43

    Re: buhwahdmoda – Two of those judges are from Strictly Come Dancing. You know Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman. The third judge is Carrie Ann Inaba. Wow you need to watch it before claiming that you do not know who they are!

  44. 44

    C.H.A.V. = Council Housed and Violent = Cheryl Cole

  45. 45

    I WILL WATCH if this is true!!!! And I don't watch TV!

  46. 46

    The only thing he did right here was adding Paula and he hasn't even decided on that yet. Seems dumb that she is the only one he hasn't fully confirmed. But Simon made a huge mistake when he left Idol nobody is going to watch this show as it will pale in comparison to Idol. The new judges make that show amazing and it's going to be tough to find that kind of talent. He should have stayed where he was.