Abdul sat alongside Cowell for eight seasons as a judge on "American Idol." Abdul will join Cole, Cowell and Reid as they travel to audition cities searching for the next global superstar or breakout music group.
“This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can’t believe I am saying this - I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she’s on the show,” said Cowell in a statement.
"I am excited beyond words to be a part of 'The X Factor.' I couldn't be happier to bring my love for cultivating talent and performance to such a wildly anticipated show," added Abdul. "I'm looking forward to being back with the FOX/FremantleMedia family and know that it will be an extraordinary journey -- we're going to have a blast. I'm also delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again...but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!"
"In a departure from other singing competition series, the first time contestants audition for 'The X Factor' judges," press notes state, "they will do so in front of an audience of thousands – raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence that it takes to win an unprecedented $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music."
Auditions continue in Dallas, TX, May 26. The singing competition is searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups – who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Interested solo artists and vocal groups should sign up now for audition information at www.fox.com/theXfactor or call toll-free (855) 345-5678.