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Abdul joins Cole on US X Factor

Paula Abdul
Image caption Abdul left American Idol in 2009 after eight series

Paula Abdul is to join the panel of the US X Factor, alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Antonio LA Reid.

The singer, 48, took part in the show's first judging session on Sunday.

"This show would never have been the same without Paula," said Cowell, who also worked with Abdul on American Idol.

Abdul said she was "excited beyond words" about her new role. The talent show is open to solo singers and groups from the age of 12 upwards.

Abdul added that she was "delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again... but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!"

US pop star Nicole Scherzinger and Welsh TV presenter Steve Jones will host the show.

Former Pussycat Doll Scherzinger, who appeared as a judge on the UK version of the show last year, said she was "thrilled" with her new job.

Jones, said he "couldn't be happier" about co-hosting the programme.

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