Simon Cowell has made up his mind on who will judge "The X Factor (US)" in addition to him and Antonio "L.A." Reid. Deadline claims the music mogul reveals that Paula Abdul and Cheryl Cole will complete the line up although "Abdul's deal hasn't even started" and "Cole's deal isn't quite done yet."
"I've always wanted Paula. Always been very vocal about that," Cowell says about working with his former fellow judge on "American Idol". "I missed her the second she left the show ["American Idol"]. 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."
He adds, "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."
Asked if he thinks Cole would get along well with American audience, Cowell says, "I never think about it as an American or British audience. I genuinely don't. I think that's what's happened on a lot of these shows now is it's almost like you've got to hire well known celebrities to be a judge. And with Cheryl, when I hired her initially, I'd only met her literally once when I offered her the job on [British] 'X Factor'."
"I thought she was bright, cute, knew what she was talking about, ambitious. And you meet someone special a few times in your life.. And this girl is special. She's just got a great ability to communicate. Shes a great judge. She's smart. It's just a hunch. If people take to her like the British public did, I think she's going to do really well in America. And Fox was desperate to hire her."
On the same interview, Cowell confirms there were talks with Cee-Lo Green and Jennifer Lopez about doing the American version of "The X Factor", but the offers were never out for the twosome once he learned that they were up for similar gigs on other projects. He also admitts Mariah Carey was considered, but the imminent birth of her twins made her impossible to commit on "X Factor".
Cowell additionally makes it clear to Deadline that he never discussed the possibility of judging "X Factor (US)" with Snoop Dogg. As for Gloria Estefan rumor, the 51-year-old says the Latin singer just unexpectedly "turned up" in early April at the Miami auditions but there were no discussions with her about the judge's job.