"I missed her the second she left [Idol]," Simon tells Deadline.com. "Always loved working with her, even though she can be a pain."
So far L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole have been confirmed, and if all goes well Miss Abdul will join the judges panel.
Simon added that L.A. Reid was his "No. 1 choice to sit alongside me on the show." Of Cheryl, he says, "When I offered her the job ... I thought she was bright, cute, knew what she was talking about."
So what will the new show be like? Don’t expect it to be anything like Idol this season. "There should be tension to a point," he said last month. "I liked the Idol panel when we first started. We had different opinions, and I think it's important you have different opinions."
Honestly I’m kind of tired of hearing about X-Factor. Just confirm a judge and get the show rolling already. It hasn’t even started yet and I’m already bored to death of it.