By James Hibberd
Updated July 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Aww, don’t they look all sweet? Below is the first official judges photo from Fox’s The X Factor, with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and that girl from the Pussycat Dolls, as well as a video preview. Don’t be fooled, the battle lines are being drawn. Cowell’s X Factor preview just debuted during MLB All-Star Game tonight takes a swipe at Fox’s own American Idol. See what you think: Is Cowell just spoofing the idea of being nice in this? Seems to us like he’s taking a shot at his former show:

After all, X Factor is not using the Idol-style convention center room for judges auditions like in Cowell’s “Tomorrow” nightmare in the video.

And the big mandate over on Idol last season after Cowell left was for judges to act more supportive and positive.

Plus, there’s the eco-conscious car jab — Idol had its Ford product placement campaign touting hybrid cars.

Here’s the photo. Notice they all have Pepsi cups (oh, it’s so on).

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The X Factor

Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio judge Season 3.
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