Paula Abdul Rounds Out 'X Factor' Judges Table

Former 'Idol' judge to rejoin Simon Cowell on Fox series

Fox confirmed Sunday that Paula Abdul will serve as the fourth judge on The X Factor, joining Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole on the singing competition series premiering this fall on the network.

Abdul was a judge alongside Cowell for eight seasons on American Idol, and he had expressed desire to bring her back as a judge for his U.S. version of X Factor.

"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," said Cowell in a statement.

am excited beyond words to be a part of The X Factor. I couldn't be
happier to bring my love for cultivating talent and performance to such a
wildly anticipated show," added Abdul. "I'm
looking forward to being back with the Fox/FremantleMedia family and
know that it will be an extraordinary journey -- we're going to have a
blast.  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!"

Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones were announced Saturday as hosts of the series.