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Simon Cowell & Paula Abdul: 'X Factor' Promo Shots!

Simon Cowell & Paula Abdul: 'X Factor' Promo Shots!

Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A. Reid, and Steve Jones pose together for these new promo shots for their upcoming competition series, The X Factor.

The 51-year-old former American Idol judge recently said that he felt The X Factor would have been canceled if Paula had not signed on.

“At one point, when [Paula's] deal came down to the 11th hour, I remember saying to the team, ‘If she’s not there, you may as well cancel filming.’ I really felt that strongly that I wanted her with me,” Simon said.

FYI: Nicole is wearing Ruthie Davis “Implant” heels.

The X Factor premieres on September 21 on Fox.

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Photos: Nino Munoz / Ian Derry / Ray Mickshaw / FOX
Posted to: L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Steve Jones

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  • http://B Slig o lambert ^____^cute

    I have nice voice how want to lestin me? @_@

  • Megan Abrams

    American comedians must be so disappointed. They were going to love Cheryl Cole’s accent!
    I hope they still bring her in as a guest judge one day as well as Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh from the UK X Factor.

  • seri

    god steve jones is hot! and he has an amazing accent!

  • Because I Can.

    This is so overhyped. I don’t buy into this franchise one bit. Maybe I’ll watch clips of Paula’s drunken trainwreck moments, but other than that…..the winner won’t be relevant for more than a month.

  • Lisa

    Simon and Paula together again how boring, it’s so American Idol been there, done that, so i’ll pass

  • Anon

    Nicole is gorgeous! Paula’s pose in the group photo looks weird.
    Anyway…. this show seems very over-hyped. You can count me out.

  • Lydia

    I hope this show fails. No Cheryl Cole No XFactor. Even Simon and Paula aren’t enough to make me watch it and I usually love Saula. Simon did Cheryl wrong. What was the deal about her accent? People can’t even understand what Paula says half the time. lol

  • Loverboy

    i think cheryl would’ve rocked xfactor. simon was somewhat predictable when picking the judges. while he was playing coy, we all new that paula would be on this show after that dance show she had bombed. so wtf ever simon.

  • SadieA

    Paula has been airbrushed into oblivion in that group picture

  • Marieme

    This panel would have been fine had it stopped at Paula. Adding Nicole was a mistake. She’s a fame hungry, boring personality. Now he wants to add Mariah? Oy. blew it.

  • Emma

    Cheryl is sooooo A W E S O M E ! to Simon Cowell you are a HORRIBLE PERSON. I WILL NEVER WATCH X FACTOR U.S. from a proud American fan of Cheryl

  • Ada

    Too many Judges and we already have too many singing shows.

  • Bryony

    The Voice is better. Far more original, creative, and less harsh on the contestants.

  • Pel

    Love it! I have been waiting for this. X Factor is a great show and I’m glad they finally decided to bring it to the states. I think the judges are great and I like seeing Simon and Paula together again! Can’t wait!

  • Nicki

    I think it is going to be a fun show and I am looking forward to it. I like all the judges…it will be great to see what singers they pick. Nice to see Simon and Paula again.

  • POES

    I would watch this show just for Steve Jones. He’s one tall drink of spunk.

  • paula pielman

    Wow, Randy got thin! Good for you, girl.

  • Mel

    guess which one is L.A. Reid…

  • The Maven

    Airbrushed within an inch of their lives. I’ll pass. Thank you very much.

  • JJ

    Ummm, What are those two chicks doing? LMAO!!
    the guys are just standing there and of course the women have to do ridiculous poses…. What is with that?

  • Candy

    Nichole looks like an idiot, What is she doing? Haha!

  • Amanda

    ok, heres the deal, Paula was never drunk on American Idol. She was in an airplane accident way back when, and as a result, has had to go through many neck/back surgeries. She has to take medication, which sometimes makes her a bit dizzy. Yes, you can go off talking about that magazine that she was in a long time ago SAYING she was drunk or whatever it was on Idol, but she then came back and said that none of that was true and that the magazine had basically manipulated what she said, the way many tabloids do with other celebrities. Please don’t make conclusions about people when you don’t know the real truth. And if you don’t have anything nice to say to or about somebody, please don’t say anything. It only makes them feel worse about themselves, especially when it’s not true. And I, for one, am so excited to see this show, and cannot wait to see Saula reunited again!!

  • Deborah

    I hope they still bring her in as a guest judge one day as well as Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh from the UK X Factor.