Word out today is that Simon Cowell is really close to signing Paula Abdul as a judge on his upcoming show "X-Factor," when it makes its American Television Debut. Simon has already signed music producer LA Reid to be a judge on the show, and in recent weeks has alluded to the fact that Mariah Carey will also have a role on the show once it debuts.Cowell stated that he has always wanted to have Paula on his show, "X-Factor," and that he truly misses working with her. In true Simon fashion, he says that Paula Abdul can be  a "pain" to work with, yet he's still love to work by her side in the near future. As the show draws near, Cowell says that there is a really good chance Paula Abdul will be on the panel of judges once the show airs on television.

Simon also says that he is really close to signing Cheryl Cole, a British Pop Star, to be on the show as well. Cole has been a judge on the show before when it aired in Britain.