“Blame the attorneys”, Simon Cowell appears to be saying in respect of delays in having Paula Abdul sign up as a judge on his “X Factor” TV reality show.
“The X Factor” is to have the singer back as a judge after working with Cowell on “American Idol”. The situaiton arose following the closing of the “X Factor” judges’ auditons was due to start, although Cowell said he would have called off the auditions if the deal with Paula Abdul had not been concluded.
Legal negotiations for the return of Paula Abdul to juding with Cowell have been an up-and-down affair, although it is not known quite what the deal is. However the two have not sat beside one another on the judging panel for three years.
It appears that the main obstacle to Abdul’s return was a deal she has with CBS over the reality dance show “Live to Dance” and which created a contractual conflict, possibly, with her appearing also on the “X Factor”.