Announced only yesterday, Paula Abdul will join the judge line-up for the new USA XFactor which is due to air this fall on US tv network Fox.
Contract negotiations lasted well into Sunday, concluding just as the a round of auditions for the show were about to start. It is rumoured that the delay in getting Abdul officially on board was due to complications with a contract the ex-American Idol judge had with another US television network. She had signed a deal with CBS to participate in a different type of competition show, “Live to Dance,” which was a ratings flop back in January, and the specifics of the contract contained language that could have prevented Abdul from joining the new show.
Luckily, CBS released Abdul from any further obligations which meant the XFactor show could go on.
However difficult it was to seal the deal, Cowell stayed calm, explaining that “She’s Paula Abdul. Nothing’s ever easy, but I’m used to it.” He believes adding her to the judges’ panel is something the American public will be at ease with owing to her history and relationship with Cowell on American Idol over the years.
Abdul joins British pop star Cheryl Cole and Grammy-winning producer Antonio “L.A.” Reid, rounding off quite a formidable panel of seasoned professionals to intimidate and vote on yet undiscovered American talents.
In a moment of emotional weakness Cowell let slip: “This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can’t believe I am saying this: I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she’s on the show.”
Abdul, as her typically pleasant self, declared her happiness to be part of the team: “I am excited beyond words to be a part of `The X Factor,’” Abdul added. “I’m also delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again … but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!”
Do you think it was the right decision to bring Paula back into the spotlight as a judge?