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Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell share first kiss on 'X Factor' [Photos]

Smooch! Smooch! Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell were photographed kissing outside the X Factor set during the first round of show auditions.
Smooch! Smooch! Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell were photographed kissing outside the X Factor set during the first round of show auditions.
Getty Images / Kevin Winter

Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell will reunite, together again for the new season of USA's "X Factor" on FOX. The 48-year-old singer, dancer and choreographer nabbed a last-minute judge's seat on the new show and was shutterbugged sharing a first-kiss with her former "American Idol" cohort, Simon Cowell, the first day on the job.

Sharing a smooch on set during the first day of auditions, "X Factor" judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul are mutually excited to be working with each other again after spending eight years on 'Idol' together.
Sharing a smooch on set during the first day of auditions, "X Factor" judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul are mutually excited to be working with each other again after spending eight years on 'Idol' together.
Getty Images / Kevin Winter

HONEYMOON PERIOD BETWEEN ABDUL AND COWELL TO BE SHORT

Despite the "delightful" reunion (and the kiss on the lips!) during first round auditions on Saturday, Paula says that after eight years of sitting next to Simon, she's not expecting the puppy love to last more than a couple of weeks.

"I am excited beyond words to be a part of The X Factor," Abdul said in her first released statement about the show. "I couldn't be happier to bring my love for cultivating talent and performance to such a wildly anticipated show."

She adds, "I'm also delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again...but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!"

SIMON ADMITS: "I'VE MISSED SITTING NEXT TO PAULA"

While Paula's already prepping for a brief honeymoon period, once again with Simon Cowell, the "X Factor" producer admittingly said he's missed being around Paula and feels her presence on the show will be well received - For him and former "Idol" fans.

"This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can't believe I am saying this," Cowell said. "[But] I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she's on the show."

OTHER "X FACTOR" TALENT TO JOIN PAULA ABDUL

Simon Cowell, the show's king captain, has also confirmed "X Factor" co-hosts Nicole Scherzinger, former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant and Pussycat Dolls singer, and "T4" presenter Steve Jones. To sit alongside Simon and Paula Abdul on the judging panel will be singer Cheryl Cole and Antonio "LA" Reid.

Check out the pics of Simon and Paula's first day at left...

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