Nicole Scherzinger Bonds with Paula Abdul on Her First Day as ‘X-Factor’ Judge

/ June 9, 2011

Now that Cheryl Cole is out of the picture, Paula Abdul is bonding with new The X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger. 

The former Pussycat Doll tweeted out a pic of her and the former American Idol judge with a caption that read: 

“A dream come true! I was & always will be her biggest fan! I can’t believe I get 2 work w/ Paula. X Factor day 1!”

Nicole is no stranger to competitive reality shows. The pop star won the coveted mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars a few seasons back. She said of her new gig, via Twitter: 

“After finishing my very 1st day on the new job, every one has been amazing! Thank u NJ for welcoming me. I’m truly grateful & excited to be judging X.”

The new judge is replacing Cheryl who came over from the British X-Factor. Executive producer Simon Cowell commented on Cheryl’s departure, telling The Associated Press,  “I hate seeing her hurt. She’s one of — I hope — she’s one of my closest friends, and this was a decision we made which we thought would be beneficial to her, funny enough. Not many people will believe that, but that’s the truth.”