Simon Cowell is very serious about trying to get Paula Abdul as a judge on "The X-Factor," Nikki Finke reports in an interview with Cowell at Deadline.com.
According to the story, Cowell says, "I’ve always wanted Paula [as a judge on ‘The X-Factor’]. Always been very vocal about that. I missed her the second she left the show. Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. And I’ve been consistent about this. I don’t know what it is about her, but I’ve always clicked with her. You just have to get that chemistry, and she’s right. I’ve never found anyone better than her. I think there’s a good chance it will be her. We’ve agreed that we would meet as many people as possible, and now we’re reaching the deadline, we’ve got to make the decision soon. But I think she’s got a really good shot."
Finke reports that "I understand from Cowell that negotiations for Abdul’s deal hasn’t even started and that [Cheryl] Cole’s deal isn’t quite done yet. And of course, he could change his mind."
As previously reported, Cheryl Cole is likely to be a judge on "The X Factor." She’s known for being a judge on the show in the United Kingdom.