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Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones to host 'X Factor' USA

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Nicole Scherzinger guest judging on The X Factor

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Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones have been officially confirmed as hosts of The X Factor USA.

As previously rumoured, the pair will present the show when it launches on Fox in the fall.

"These two are going to be great together," said Simon Cowell. "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 UK X Factor last year. She is gorgeous and super-talented."

"I am thrilled to be asked by Simon Cowell to host The X Factor," said Scherzinger. "I loved working alongside Simon on the UK show and cannot wait to see what he has in store for the US. I'm so excited to work with Steve Jones and help discover astounding talent from across the country!"

Jones added: "The ability to work day in and day out with Simon Cowell is a dream come true. I am honoured 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 leapt at the opportunity."

The Welsh presenter told DS earlier this year that he had met with X Factor USA bosses, and said that his accent "isn't a problem at all".

However, Jones was not Cowell's first choice, Deadline reports. High School Musical star Corbin Bleu was the original frontrunner, but allegedly failed to meet with Scherzinger's approval.

"Nicole walked in and saw Corbin and his baby face and asked, 'What are you, 15?' And then she walked out," a source said. She and Jones, however, are said to have had "chemistry" during their screen test.

Cowell, producer Antonio 'L.A.' Reid and British singer Cheryl Cole have all been confirmed as judges on the singing competition.

Paula Abdul, Cowell's former American Idol colleague, recently closed a deal to become the fourth judge.

Auditions began in March this year, with open auditions continuing in Dallas on May 26.

> In Pictures: The 'X Factor' USA judges begin work
> Steve Jones: His rise to 'X Factor' USA
> Poll: Is Steve Jones right for 'The X Factor' USA?
> Video: Cheryl Cole's got the 'X Factor' job - but has America heard of her?
> Cheryl Cole: Her rise to 'X Factor' USA
> Poll: Is Cheryl Cole the right choice for 'The X Factor' USA?
> Simon Cowell: 'No-one turned down X Factor'
> Read our complete 'X Factor' USA coverage

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