Abdul opened up about their relationship on the Today show in New York yesterday morning where she was promoting the new series.

She joked to presenter Ann Curry that she and her former American Idol arch nemesis are ‘like an old married couple without the sex.’ Abdul was asked what made her sign-up to the new series and reunite with Cowell two years after she quit American Idol as a judge. Although the show will follow the same format as the U. series, there is an extra incentive of million prize money alongside a recording contract.

Cowell, who now serves as a judge alongside Abdul on Fox's "The X Factor," says the two at first couldn't stand each other and would fly on separate planes, but he later "considered" engaging in a relationship with her.

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It took me a while to learn how to give it back [to Simon], but boy, was it fun once I did.“ Threaten To Quit“In the beginning, it was appalling and shocking that someone could speak so harshly of these people.

She was also a guest judge on the All-Stars edition of Dancing with the Stars in 2012 and the tenth season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2013, and more recently became a permanent judge for that series along with the Australian version of the show for its 2014 revival.

Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents.

Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart.

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before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought choreographer at the height of the music video era.

A soundman from season one told me I had quit eight times just during the first taping.