Paula and simon dating

While there were so many great moments from the epic sendoff, one of our favorites HAD to be Simon Cowell making a surprise appearance and reuniting with his former fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson — and of course host Ryan Seacrest!

What made this so special was Cowell, who often has nothing but harsh things to say, got a bit misty as he reflected on all the fun memories of working on the show.

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.8 Romantic American Idol Performances 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.

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. Whether or not there will ever be a moniker like Simaula screeching from the tabloids, it is clear they love each other.

Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, Ryan Seacrest, Carrie Underwood, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul -- the list of the show's iconic personalities is endless.

But, as the show goes into its penultimate week in existence, Abdul dropped a bombshell: She almost quit the show on her first day back in 2002.

She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography".Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents.Abdul's father, Harry Abdul, was born into the Arab-Syrian-Jewish community in Aleppo, Syria, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently emigrated to the United States. An avid dancer, Abdul was inspired towards a show business career by Gene Kelly in the classic film Singin' in the Rain.The pair once worked together as judges on American Idol but Cowell has since recruited Abdul to his new US series of the X Factor which premieres tonight in the States.Abdul opened up about their relationship on the Today show in New York yesterday morning where she was promoting the new series.