American Idol has been the highest rated show on TV since its debut eight seasons ago, and ever since, the show's most talked about judges, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, have had some sort of "relationship." They have bickered like an old married couple, laughed together, pinched each other, kissed one another, teased, prodded, fought and finally loved each other.
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Some of their antics can seem "made for TV," like a clip of them on a romantic date shown in season three, or the props the pair had hidden this season to provoke laughs from the audience (often distracting away from the contestants).
While many music stars have been born on the AI stage, (Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, David Cook) most contestants, including some winners, have achieved fame but not a lot of tangible music success. Throughout American Idol's astounding eight-season run, the only consistent stars of the show have been judges Simon, Paula, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest (new judge Kara Dioguardi needs more than one season to prove herself), with Cowell and Abdul providing the most headlines.
"Paula's frustrating, she's annoying and I can't understand half of what she's talking about but there's incredible comfort between us. I think we're possibly secretly in love with each other," the mag reports Cowell as saying. Love would certainly explain how—in a matter of seconds—the couple can go from seemingly enraged with each other to giggling together like schoolgirls.
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Whether or not there will ever be a moniker like Simaula screeching from the tabloids, it is clear they love each other. How else would they have been able to get through eight years of Randy screaming, "Dog!" and Ryan's face getting tanner and tanner while his jokes get more and more awkward?