Nicole-Scherzinger-X-Factor.jpgIt’s official: Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and newcomer to U.S. TV Steve Jones have been tapped as hosts of Simon Cowell’s American take on “The X Factor.” And just in time since auditions kick off Sunday (May 8) in Los Angeles.

“I am thrilled to be asked by Simon Cowell to host ‘The X Factor’,” said Scherzinger in a statement released by Fox. “I loved working alongside Simon on the U.K. show, and cannot wait to see what he has in store for the U.S.”

Neither can we.

We’re also anxious to find out if Cowell will nail down a deal with potential judge Paula Abdul before Sunday’s auditions. Cheryl Cole and Antonio “L.A.” Reid are already confirmed as judges. While the Associated Press reported on Saturday (May 7) afternoon that Abdul had in fact signed a contract, a source close to the show told the L.A. Times that she had not signed yet.

“I’m sure she will sign,” one talent representative connected to the show told the Times, adding that the delay was “Paula being Paula.”

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson