Paula Abdul Reportedly Signs On for 'X-Factor'

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There's been a bunch of chatter in recent months claiming that Simon Cowell was going after his old American Idol nemesis Paula Abdul to ink her for a judging deal on his new show The X-Factor, and a new pair of reports say that it's now official.

Both Deadline.com and The Hollywood Reporter are confirming the news that Idol has signed on to be a judge on Cowell's new show that's set to hit Fox in the Fall of 2011. Hollywood Reporter says that the deal came after some intense back-and-forth negotiations and that: "As late as Saturday afternoon, it was unclear whether negotiations between the ex-American Idol judge and X Factor producers would result in a signed contract before Abdul was scheduled to report for duty on Sunday." They go on to state that some language in the contract involving Abdul's CBS dance show Live to Dance was holding the deal up, but eventually "the CBS issue was resolved, according to sources, but the notoriously erratic Abdul remained without a signed deal even as the clock ticked down toward the judges rounds."

Abdul will join Cheryl Cole and music mogul L.A. Reid along with Cowell as the judging panel.

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