Sep 25, 2009

Simon Cowell to Bring X Factor to the U.S. with Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul as Judges

Simon Cowell to Bring X Factor to America with Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul as JudgesSimon Cowell is in talks of bringing the U.K. hit reality show, The X Factor, to America, according to Hollywood Reporter magazine. And Cowell is eyeing on Cheryl Cole and former American Idol judge Paula Abdul to be part of the judging panel.

Below: Will X Factor be a Big Hit in America?

The magazine reported that the deal will allow Cowell to earn $50 million more a year. Aside from Cole and Abdul, there's also a possibility that Louis Walsh will be one of the judges of the show.

The Hollywood reporter stated, "Cowell, in the final year of his contract on Idol, had been open about his desire to bring his mega-hit British format to the U.S., something he couldn't do under his existing Idol pact.

"Now Fox and Cowell are said to be hammering out a deal to launch an American version of X Factor, while locking in Cowell as an Idol judge for two more years, through the 2011-12 season."