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Simon Cowell was not kidding about major changes coming to The X Factor.

With Steve Jones officially out as host - the Brit Tweeted the news himself - new reports indicate that neither Paula Abdul nor Nicole Scherzinger will return for season two.

"At this point, the only ones staying are Simon and L.A. Reid," an insider tells E! News. "Simon wants to take the show in a different direction."

We can only hope that direction involves fewer contrived fights between judges and more of a focus on the singers themselves.

Original X Factor Panel

Producer Nigel Lythgoe was apparently taken aback by this development, Tweeting late last night: "Shocked to see Simon has fired Paula Abdul, Nicole and Steve from the X-Factor."

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Paula Abdul is almost back, reality TV fans.

After walking away from American Idol about 18 months ago, the beloved/loopy judge is back with Live to Dance, a CBS competition that premieres on January 4. She tells TV Guide the program, previewed below, is "about celebration."

"It's about celebrating acts that move forward as opposed to who's going home," Abdul told the publication. "We're the only show that has all ages. You could be a soloist, duo or group of any size. There are some acts that came in with 50 people! And I don't try to take them out of their element and do routines in a style they've never done before."

Abdul will be joined on the Live to Dance judging table by Kimberly Wyatt and Travis Payne, while the singer also says there will be 90-foot "Dance Domes" under which contestants will perform.

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Not all viewers believe this season of American Idol has been a bore.

But we can all agree on one thing: it's been far less nutty than seasons past.

That's because Paula Abdul couldn't reach a new contract with Fox last August and walked away from the show. However, there's good news on the slightly insane judge front: Abdul is returning to reality TV!

She'll serve as producer and lead judge on Got to Dance, a CBS competition that premieres in early 2010. According to a press release, the series will cover everything from “ballroom to break dance, bhangra to ballet, and tap to tango."

Rambling, incoherent critiques and a lot of comments on the contestants' outfits? Don't worry: Paula will have all that covered, too.

Paula Abdul Biography

New American Idol Judges Paula Abdul is a former pop star who rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s with hits such as "Opposites Attract," "Forever Your Girl" and... More »
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Paula Abdul Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

The producers come up to us in the dark and said, 'We are not going to have you guys judge after each performer, we are going to have all the performers go once, then twice and at the end critique them.'

Paula Abdul [on her mistake of judging an American Idol performance that hadn't taken place]
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