Entertainment Music Paula Abdul Raves About 'Magical' 'American Idol' Reunion with Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson "Randy and I are going to be meeting with Simon and hear what he has to say," Paula Abdul told PEOPLE about a future collaboration By Karen Mizoguchi Published on September 19, 2019 01:50 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Paula Abdul had another mini American Idol reunion! The singer, 57, surprised Simon Cowell on the finale of America’s Got Talent on Wednesday when she made a cameo in Light Balance Kids’ performance. “It was top-secret. His face was priceless. He did a double-take, it was hysterical,” Abdul told PEOPLE of leaving Cowell, 59, open-mouthed in shock. “It was surreal. For a moment, I thought it was a look-alike,” the father of one said of the surprise. The pair, who judged on American Idol for eight seasons, had just reunited with Randy Jackson on Idol alum Kelly Clarkson‘s daytime show. “It was magical. It was as if we had never left,” Abdul told PEOPLE. “The chemistry is undeniable, that’s what’s made it always special. You can’t manufacture that. Right when the cameras were rolling, it was about telling the funniest stories, nothing but laughs and smiles.” Trae Patton/NBC Kelly Clarkson Recalls How Season One of American Idol ‘Wasn’t Fun’ in the Beginning Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic During the appearance, Cowell revealed that his “one wish” is to work with Abdul and Jackson again. Abdul told PEOPLE it was “very endearing” to hear Cowell say that, adding, “Randy and I are going to be meeting with Simon and hear what he has to say and what his ideas are.” Cowell echoed similar sentiments. “We had an absolute blast [on the show]. Paula’s hilarious. I would like to work with her again. I do miss her,” he said. American Idol‘s Most Memorable Contestants: Where Are They Now? (L-R) Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Kelly Clarkson. Adam Torgerson/NBCUniversal How Paula Abdul Keeps Her Body Going Through 10-Hour Rehearsals at Age 57 The reunion marked the first time the trio had been together again and Abdul shared that the special occasion was especially for Clarkson. “Kelly is doing an amazing job. It was just really great to pay homage to her from 17 years ago being the first Idol — look where her career has taken her,” said Abdul, who will be kicking off her Las Vegas residency. Abdul’s Forever Your Girl concert series at the Flamingo debuts on Oct. 22.