Simon Cowell has stated that Paula Abdul will probably be one of the judges, on X-Factor this fall. He would like to revive the chemistry the two shared as American Idol judges.
Cowell knows his presence will bring viewers to his new Fox show, but also knows fans would likely watch in even larger numbers, if Abdul is part of the show.
Abdul who requested $10 million to stay with American Idol, reportedly was upset that Ryan Seacrest was earning $45 million in a three year contract paying him $15 million a year.
The latest rumors say now that Jennifer Lopez is asking for $20 million to return to American Idol in 2012. Whether Fox is willing to pay her that kind of money remains to be seen.
However, she is likely to earn her $20 million, since she and Steven Tyler have done a great job as judges on American Idol this season.
Meanwhile, back to X-Factor, Antonio “LA” Reid is the only confirmed judge besides Simon. It is very likely that Cheryl Cole and Abdul will be the other two judges, when X-Factor debuts this fall on Fox.
The question now is will Abdul accept the salary offer that Fox will propose to her? She may find other work, but joining Cowell on the judge’s panel would be her best career move, for the maximum exposure.