Credit: Nino Munoz/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Paula Abdul Rocks an LBD in Her X Factor Promo Photo

Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Paula Abdul, and Nicole Scherzinger are all dutifully prepping to be camera-ready for their grueling X Factor live shooting schedule. Of course, staying svelte is old hat for ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole, but Paula looks like she's been doing some less-than-completely-healthy crash dieting, as evidenced by her all-of-a-sudden super-slimmed down figure. The former singer-dancer was spotted out in Los Angeles flaunting her teeny tiny hips in some tight black pants, and she appeared as if she had lost weight in her face as well.
As for Simon and LA Reid, the male contingent of the judging panel is apparently having its own competition. The boys are in something of a fitness-battle, but they're at least playing nice and swapping tips. LA is cutting back on smoking cigars and drinking alcohol, for one. A show insider dished, “It’s a six-day-a-week job, especially during the live shows. It’s very different to what he’s used to, and being on screen isn’t forgiving.”

Simon is exchanging recipes with the recording mogul, and even handed over the secrets of his all-time favorite green smoothie.

Well, we're extremely appreciative of the judging panel doing their best to give us something nice to look at, but we really hope Paula eats a sandwich or two before live taping starts...

Source: Daily Mail, Unreality TV