Lady Gaga working the hair factor. Photo: Steven Lawton/FilmMagic.com

Poor, poor Paula Abdul.

First, the singer/dancer gets bounced from "American Idol." Now her anticipated spot as a judge on Simon Cowell's upcoming U.S. version of "The X Factor" could go to Lady Gaga, instead.

Cowell was reportedly bitten by the Gaga bug after the outlandish -- and oh-so-stylish -- performer sang her hit, "Bad Romance," in a bathtub on a U.K. episode of the talent show, according to The Sun.

"Simon thinks Lady Gaga is great and really likes her energy," an unnamed source told the paper. "Conversations have been happening between Cowell's U.S. team and her people about what kind of role she could have on the show."

Insiders, The Sun reports, say the 23-year-old singer has been asked to look at her schedule to see whether her tour dates would allow her to commit to weekly filming.

Cowell announced earlier this month
that he'll be leaving his mega-hit "Idol" to launch "The X Factor" stateside. Other names being batted around to serve as judges include Abdul, Beyoncé, Megan Fox, Kelly Rowland, Mel B and Cheryl Cole.

Gaga, for what it's worth, is a big fan of Susan Boyle, who found fame on Cowell's U.K. show "Britain's Got Talent."

"I love Susan Boyle," Gaga tells the source. "Our styles are different. I don't know if we could work together, but never say never. It would be great to work with somebody of that talent."

If a Gaga-Boyle duet doesn't bring in an "The X Factor" ratings bonanza, we don't know what will. We can only imagine what the costumes would be like.

Meanwhile, over at "American Idol," could Victoria Beckham be this season's stylist?