Sunday, May 8, 2011

Paula Abdul Hired as 'X Factor' Judge; Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones to Co-host

The 'X Factor' judging panel is complete, with the final chair to be filled by Paula Abdul, who just closed the deal in last-minute negotiations, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Abdul will take her seat alongside Simon Cowell, reuniting the former 'Idol' stars once again. Cheryl Cole and Antonio 'L.A.' Reid have already been named as the other 'X Factor' judges. Meanwhile, Pussycat Doll and former 'Dancing With the Stars' champ Nicole Scherzinger has been hired to host the U.S. talent competition when it premieres on Fox in September.
But Scherzinger will have a co-host, according to Steve Jones, British TV personality. Jones, 34, is a Welsh-born former model and a virtual unknown in the U.S. (Of course, Ryan Seacrest was largely unknown when he was tapped to emcee 'American Idol,' and the gig seems to have worked out for him!) Jones reportedly was down to the wire competing for the 'X Factor' job against 'High School Musical' star Corbin Bleu.
Scherzinger, 32, wowed producers when she was a guest judge on a recent episode of the 'X Factor' in the U.K., where she also released a hit single this year, 'Don't Hold Your Breath.' Abdul, 48, reportedly hammered out her new contract just in the nick of time: The judging rounds of 'X Factor' begin taping in Los Angeles today.

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