It was reported earlier that Simon Cowell admitted he has picked Abdul and Cole to fill the vacant positions in US X Factor. But his rep has now shot down the reports. "It's still playing out. Nothing is set, and Paula is one of many people Simon is talking to. He's said the same thing many times, including on the radio last week. There's nothing new," The Hollywood Reporter quotes Cowell's rep as saying.
However, Paula Abdul is the former American Idol colleague of Simon Cowell, while Cheryl Cole has served as a judge alongside for the UK X Factor. Cowell has reportedly had his sights set on them and he began discussions with the two as early as October. George Michael, Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger and Mariah Carey are also considered as potential judges on the Fox's singing competition.