All the pieces in Simon Cowell's X-Factor puzzle are in place, with Paula Abdul being announced as the fourth judge. His strategy to destroy the empire he built with American Idol is complete. Wow, did he hate having Ellen DeGeneres on that much?
The AP confirmed reports Abdul will be joining Cowell, Brit singer Cheryl Cole and producer Antonio "L.A." Reid at the judge's table, a move that couldn't be cinched down until right before taping, although it wasn't clear as to the reasons why. British TV host Steve Jones and former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger were also announced as co-hosts, but eh, so what? Anyone is better than watching more Ryan Seacrest.