X-Factor Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Cole, and Paula Abdul

It’s official! Following months of speculation, Simon Cowell confirmed over the weekend that Paula Abdul will indeed be a judge on his new show The X-Factor.

“This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can’t believe I am saying this, [but] I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she’s on the show,” Simon, 51, said in a statement Sunday afternoon about reuniting with Paula, 48, after judging with her on American Idol.

Paula also expressed her excitement at having a job again doing the show. “I am excited beyond words to be a part of The X Factor,” said Paula. “I couldn’t be happier to bring my love for cultivating talent and performance to such a wildly anticipated show.”

And despite the rumors that Nicole Scherzinger would be a judge on the show, it was announced yesterday that she will co-host the new series with British TV personality Steve Jones.

X-Factor began its first round of auditions in Los Angeles yesterday and is scheduled to debut in September. Joining Paula and Simon on the judging panel are British singer Cheryl Cole and former Def Jam president L.A. Reid. Simon announced months ago that the winner of the competition will receive an astonishing $5 million recording deal!

Photos below from yesterday’s LA auditions!

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice is making it obvious that she is not a fan of Bethenny Frankel, as Teresa is publicly slamming Bethenny’s nude PETA ad.

The two housewives’ beef started back in September when Bethenny told TV Guide that Teresa is her “least favorite housewife” because she is “whiny and unintelligent.”

Teresa twittered to her fans yesterday, “It’s cool if you like Bethenny. She probably didn’t give an interview to TV Guide that hated on you. Me, not so lucky.”

“To quote Bethenny: ‘I just threw up a little in my mouth,'” Teresa, 36, continued via Twitter Tuesday.

You can see Bethenny’s nude PETA photo here!

According to the New York Post, Bethenny boasted that she was already pregnant when the shots were taken and she was pleased with the outcome “because it doesn’t look like there’s been any airbrushing.”

Teresa on the other hand doesn’t agree. “Help me understand this,” she twittered. “Bethenny is happy with her naked pic because she was ‘already pregnant’ at the time. She says she’s now three months along, but she did the shot in August. Even if she’s four months pregnant now, she would’ve been, like, one hour pregnant in the pic.”

Teresa is actually a bit incorrect as Bethenny took the picture back in September, but point taken nonetheless. She continues, “Someone tell Bethenny that sperm does not make you look fat, and I’m not buying the airbrushing thing in any case.”

Teresa recently twitted Wednesday morning – “I love the curves my babies gave me! delicious! it makes me nervous when ppl obsess about weight when they are pregnant, esp only 1 hour pg!”

Ouch, something tells me we haven’t heard the last of this war of words between Teresa and Bethenny.