It looks as if Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul are officially ready to put on the proverbial gloves to knock American Idol out with their new singing competition show The X Factor.

In a new ad for the FOX show, which will kick off this fall, the notoriously ruthless Cowell starts off acting uncharacteristically nice, alongside X Factor's other judges: American Idol alum Paula Abdul, music industry heavyweight L.A. Reid, and the sizziling Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls.

Later in the clip, however, his nice guy side is revealed to actually be a dream. Or, rather, a nightmare; in other words, American Idol was the nightmare and Cowell has woken up to a better show, The X Factor. Hilarious!

We'll have to wait for Septemeber to see what exactly The X Factor is bringing new to the table, but it'll be definitely fun to watch these two shows battle it out. As of now, though, it's Advantage: Cowell.