This is seriously the best news ever … Paula Abdul (forever my girl) signed on late yesterday to be a part of the judges panel on Simon Cowell‘s talent search import The X Factor! The show has had a quite a successful run over in the UK and now Simon is finally bringing his hit show to the states (it’s set to premiere on FOX in September). His timing couldn’t be better, as American Idol has been seriously sucking this season without him, I don’t mind the new judges (Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler) but no one is really laying down the truth like Simon used to do (sometimes Randy Jackson does) plus I think the final people standing are terrible! I was beyond upset when Paula left Idol, I really loved the kooky chemistry between her and Simon (who didn’t?), I couldn’t be more thrilled they will be back together in primetime! The other two judges are music executive L.A. Reid, and English singer Cheryl Cole (girlfriend of super cutie Derek Hough), who was a judge in the UK and I know US audiences are definitely going to love her! Auditions just kicked off in Los Angeles today, and the winner is going to be walking off with a $5 million dollar recording contract, which I believe is the biggest prize ever given away via a reality show competition! There’s less than four months left before we can all see if this show is going to be a crossover hit for Mr. Cowell, I would bet my bottom dollar the show will live up to all the intense hype and will probably be a ratings goldmine, leaving Idol in the dust!