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Paula Abdul

Signs on for "X-Factor" Gig

5/8/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell are about to be re-united -- she has now officially signed on to be a judge on his new "X-Factor" show ... this according to reports.

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Paula only closed her deal last night, says Deadline, which is cutting it pretty darn close ... considering taping begins today in Los Angeles. The show announced yesterday that Nicole Scherzinger and British TV personality Steve Jones will co-host.

Abdul will serve as a judge alongside Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Antonio Reid.

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