Following the confirmation of Cheryl Cole as one of "The X Factor (US)" judges, came the news that Nicole Scherzinger is partnered with Welsh presenter Steve Jones as co-hosts. "These two are going to be great together," series creator Simon Cowell said in a statement.
Scherzinger is familiar with the situation for she was several times guest-judging on the U.K. version. Jones is new to the scene but he has hosted big live TV shows in the U.K. such as "T4 Music" and "As Seen on TV". Simon commented, "I have always wanted Steve to work with us; I think he is a real star. Nicole is fantastic. I loved working with her on the U.K. X Factor last year. She is gorgeous and super-talented."
In return Scherzinger said, "I am thrilled to be asked by Simon Cowell to host The X Factor. I loved working alongside Simon on the U.K. show, and cannot wait to see what he has in store for the U.S. I'm so excited to work with Steve Jones and help discover astounding talent from across the country!"
Jones chimed in, "I couldn't be happier to be coming onto The X Factor. The ability to work day in and day out with Simon Cowell is a dream come true. I am honored to have that opportunity and thrilled to be able to share the stage with Nicole Scherzinger, whom I adore. I have been approached about working in the States before, but never felt right about those opportunities. But when The X Factor came up, I lept at the opportunity."
The new show will begin taping the first judges' round on Sunday, May 8. Cole, L.A. Reid and Cowell would sit together in the judging panel with a fourth judge which is yet announced. Rumor has it, Paula Abdul is in "final stages" of contract negotiations.
The auditions round would continue up to May 26 in Dallas and the show would premiere in September.