Simon & Paula Reveal Their 'X Factor' Chemistry


It's good to see Simon and Paula together again. The Hollywood Reporter rounded up the pair alongside the rest of the judges and host of The X Factor for the new cover, and we've got the behind-the-scenes banter!

The chemistry between Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul on American Idol was palpable, and watching footage of the two as they prepare for the big September debut of Simon's new talent-search series, there's no doubt that they deserve each other -- whatever that means.

Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid round out the X Factor judges -- with Steve Jones serving as show host -- on the Americanized version of the Brit hit, which sees first-time singing contestants auditioning in front of an audience of thousands. The stakes are higher, and the winner will pocket an unprecedented $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

From China to the Middle East, The X Factor is close to achieving world domination, with 26 different versions of the show running already and three more launches slated this year -- with 127 more countries ready to carry the U.S. version.

To get all the dirt on Simon and how the new X Factor came to be, read the inside article and see the cover of The Hollywood ReporterHERE.

The X Factor premieres Wednesday, September 21 on FOX.