Simon Cowell on Paula Abdul: “Both Annoying and Fascinating at the Same Time”

Simon Cowell lays out some hints in this Radio Sophie interview that the possibility of Paula Abdul taking a seat on the X Factor US judges’ is a strong possibility, just based on viewer demand, and the fact that he’d love to team up with her again.

“I’d love to work with her again, Simon says of his pal Paula, “Even though she was a complete pain at times and I wanted to throttle her, I kind of missed working with her because she was both annoying and fascinating at the same time.”

Paula’s contractual obligations to CBS and FOX’s reluctance to tangle with the loopy ex-Idol judge could be reasons that would keep a Simon and Paula reunion from happening. Hm.

Simon says that he loves nothing more than competitors who are not only cutthroat, but also hate each others’ guts.  “We want killers, ” says Simon of the type contestants he’d like for X Factor.

On hiring record exec L.A. Reid for the judges’ panel, Simon says it took a year to negotiate and almost didn’t happen because he was working for another record company.

Listen to the entire interview after the jump.

Audio after the JUMP…

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