Paula Abdul is set to rejoin her "American Idol" comrade Simon Cowell by judging on Fox's new singing competition show, "The X Factor," ET has learned.
Simon Cowell released a statement on the news, saying, "This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can't believe I am saying this, [but] I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she's on the show."
Paula shared similar sentiments, gushing, "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!"
The Associated Press
disclosed that Paula wrapped up her negotiations with the network on Saturday just in time for the show's first taping today.
, Nicole Scherzinger
, "L.A." Reid
and Cheryl Cole
also will reportedly take up seats at the judging panel when "The X Factor" makes its debut in September.