Simon Cowell is in talks with his former American Idol co-star Paula Abdul and his current X Factor U.K. co-star Cheryl Cole to take judging positions on Fox's upcoming The X Factor, which will premiere fall 2011.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Abdul and Cole would assure a certain degree of comfortable chemistry between Cowell and other judges on the new series.

Abdul in particular would allow Cowell to reform the heart of the longtime American Idol judging team, which was split when Abdul quit the show in August amid contract dispute.

This is Cowell's final season on American Idol.

The judges on "X Factor" are if anything more crucial to the success of the show than on "Idol" because each mentors a group of singers and effectively becomes part of the competition rather than simply grading from the sidelines.