May 7, 2011

Pure X Factor – The Drama Builds On The Eve Of The First X Factor Taping

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All eyes on some official X Factor announcements as the show prepares for it’s first taping tomorrow (Sunday). As reported to you earlier, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Cheryl Cole have been confirmed to join Simon Cowell on the judging panel, but, a fourth judge has yet to be “officially” announced. Though rumors are rampant that Simon’s choice will be Paula Abdul who he has always said he is very fond of.

In other X Factor news, The Hollywood Reporter is “exclusively” reporting popular British TV Host, Steve Jones, and Pussycat Doll singer, Nicole Scherzinger, as winning the jobs of hosts for the long awaited show. Here is a take.

Jones, 34, is unknown to U.S. audiences but he’s hosted big live TV shows in the UK including T4 Music, a popular music series, and As Seen on TV, a BBC One celebrity panel quiz show. He’s repped by the UK’s Independent Talent and John Ferriter in the US.

Scherzinger, 32, is a former member of the girl group the Pussycat Dolls and has appeared on the UK version of X-Factor. She’s repped by WME.

Scherzinger has been widely expected to join the show but Jones is a bit of a surprise. Many news outlets pegged former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu as the show’s host. Insiders close to the show says Bleu was considered by Cowell but his chemistry with Scherzinger was not especially strong. Jones’s deal is said to have closed late last night.

The hosts join previously announced judges Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Antonio “L.A” Reid. The fate of Paula Abdul, who is said to be negotiating to join the judges’ panel, is not clear. As of Friday night, Abdul was still in talks to join the show, according to sources. But the clock is ticking.

To add to all the drama surrounding the official announcments, we have this tweet from Piers Morgan as well. My bet is this is a done deal.

Congrats to Steve Jones on landing the US X Factor co-hosting gig – great guy, really pleased for him.

@piersmorgan

Piers Morgan

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