Simon Cowell hung out on a yacht in St. Tropez yesterday in a pair of pale pink swim trunks. The former American Idol judge frequently vacations in the French Riviera, and is enjoying some rare time off as he gears up for the stateside launch of The X Factor this Fall. The reality competition debuts in the USA in September, and Simon will reunite with Paula Abdul on the series. A promo for The X-Factor was released in mid-July, in which Simon pokes some fun at AI and puts up with a big kiss from Paula. L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger will round out the judging panel, and Simon's European getaway is likely close to its end, as the foursome are all expected in Beverly Hills on Friday for a TCA presentation on their new venture.