Paula Abdul Rejoining Simon Cowell on X Factor Idol Judges Will Reunite for His New Talent Reality Show By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 7, 2011 4:16 PM CDT 1 comment Comments A 2008 photo of then-Idol judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) (Newser) – It will be just like old times: Paula Abdul will join Simon Cowell as a judge on his new talent show, the X Factor, reports AP. The move had been rumored, but a source says Abdul will indeed be at the judges' table when the first taping takes place Sunday in Los Angeles. The show, based on a British version, will debut on Fox in the fall. Singers will vie for a $5 million record contract. Click to read about how one of the new American Idol judges is the show's best ever.