Who'll be the new judge on ''American Idol''? Paula Abdul says she and Randy Jackson will rejoin nemesis Simon Cowell, and Fox announces that there will be an additional foil, a fourth judge

By Gary Susman
October 18, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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On the second edition of ”American Idol” starting in January, Simon Cowell may finally meet his match. Fox has announced that there will be a fourth judge on the show, Variety reports, someone who will serve as a foil to Simon and the others. Fox wouldn’t say who it would be, only that it was someone who will ”add a different and unique perspective” to the competition.

As for the other judges, Paula Abdul told TV’s ”Entertainment Tonight” that she would be back, as would Randy Jackson. She didn’t elaborate on the terms of their deals, but her announcement ends weeks of speculation that the two simpatico judges might not be back. Cowell had signed on again, for a reported $1 million, almost before winner Kelly Clarkson left the stage during the first season’s finale in September.

Meanwhile, the search is on for someone to replace Brian Dunkleman as Ryan Seacrest’s cohost. According to Variety, insiders say that ”Idol” producers are looking for a female cohost. When contacted Thursday by EW.com, an ”Idol” spokesperson declined to comment on whether the new host would be a man or a woman, saying only that no decision has been made regarding a new cohost.

Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.
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