BREAKING… EXCLUSIVE: Today at The X Factor there was a bloodbath which just claimed its biggest name. Not only are host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger exiting from the Fox show, but now a Simon Cowell insider just told me that his longtime friend and American Idol colleague Paula Abdul won’t be returning as an X Factor judge next season. I understand from sources that none of the three left on their own accord and that it was cleaning house day at the so-so rated reality series. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s any backlash against Simon because of Paula’s popularity.
Last April I revealed exclusively that Cowell, in addition to himself and ”L.A.” Reid, had made up his mind to bring back Paula beside him for X Factor‘s premiere season. “I missed her the second she left (Idol),” Cowell told me at the time. “Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. I don’t know what it is about her, but I’ve always clicked with her. You just have to get that chemistry, and she’s right. I’ve never found anyone better than her.” It took several months for her contract to be pinned down as she famously held out for more money, only closing her deal hours before the first televised audition. But Abdul added star power to the judging panel as she was the most … Read More »
UPDATE: Well, it didn’t take long for the other shoe to drop. Shortly after it confirmed Steve Jones’ departure as host, Fox also confirmed the departure of Nicole Scherzinger as a judge. The two, originally paired as co-hosts, had been considered the weakest links and the most likely casualties going into Season 2. I hear that both were axed and would like to give Jones props for taking it like a man, breaking the news himself and playing it straight on Twitter. Meanwhile, Scherzinger chose to use her handlers who fed E! some non-sense about this being her decision and her wanting “to focus back on her music career.”
PREVIOUS: The expected sweeping changes on Simon Cowell’s The X Factor after a ho-hum first season have started with one of the most obvious targets, host Steve Jones. Fox has confirmed that Jones won’t return to the singing competition, which has already been renewed for a second season. Jones broke the news himself on Twitter. “I wont be hosting next seasons XFactor which is a shame but I can’t complain as I’ve had a great time,” he wrote. “Good luck to everyone on the show.” The news is not a shocker as reports that Jones won’t be asked back began circulating even before X Factor had wrapped its first season on Fox.
Veteran British TV presenter Jones was a complete unknown to American viewers until Cowell flew him over for a test … Read More »
UPDATE: A rep for Jones called the Daily Mirror story “a fabrication.” “There have been absolutely no conversations about Steve Jones Leaving The X Factor,” the rep said. “Steve is very happy with the outcome of this season and he looks forward to being back and discovering more talent in the new year.” Just to be clear, the Mirror story didn’t claim that Jones had spoken with Fox or the show’s producers about Season 2 but that he will not be asked back when time comes.
PREVIOUS: This will not come as a shock to anyone, but the Daily Mirror is reporting that the contract of The X Factor host Steve Jones will not be renewed for next season. Veteran British presenter Jones was a complete unknown to American TV audience until Simon Cowell flew him over for a test at the last minute after Nicole Scherzinger, in her original role as host, nixed her chosen co-host, Corbin Bleu. Jones got the job after showing chemistry with Scherzinger. Of course, that soon proved irrelevant as Scherzinger was moved to the judges table following the dismissal of Cheryl Cole, and Jones became the show’s sole host. But the Welshman never seemed comfortable and has drawn mostly negative reviews for his performance. If Jones indeed goes, Scherzinger could get her old job as host of X Factor as she today declined to answer whether she would continue as judge … Read More »
‘X FACTOR’S DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA: Nicole Scherzinger Didn’t Want Corbin Bleu As Co-Host; Now Steve Jones Done Deal As Replacement
Multi-talented performer and chart-topping artist Nicole Scherzinger and British TV personality Steve Jones will host THE X FACTOR, the highly anticipated singing competition series debuting this fall on FOX. Scherzinger, who recently served as a guest judge on the U.K. version of “The X Factor,” is a singer, songwriter and performer and Jones began his career as a fashion model and has gone on to host some of the U.K.’s biggest TV shows.
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EXCLUSIVE: Simon Cowell sure knows how to turn up the behind-the-scenes drama on TV shows, whether he’s appearing on them or producing them. I’ve just learned that Paula Abdul has been asked to show up for the judges panel for his U.S. version of The X Factor in Los Angeles on Sunday. But here’s the thing: I’m told her deal still isn’t done yet but is in “final negotiations.” Reps are working all day and probably all night to get it done before tomorrow’s 1 PM and 6 PM tapings of auditions with wannabe contestants when the full judgespanel assembles for the first time at USC’s Galen Center. But Simon Cowell is counting on his former American Idol sidekick to show up anyway because, hey, they’re friends. ”But will she really show up? No way her reps will let her go if that deal isn’t done,” an insider just told me. The sticking point at first was that CBS still had a hold on Abdul stemming from her deal to headline another TV talent series as lead judge, Live to Dance, which debuted in January 2011 only to be canceled after one season. CBS wasn’t letting Paula go to Fox at first. That now seems to have been ironed out, but there still are several deal points to finalize. “She’s been asked to show up tomorrow whether her deal is done or not,” an insider explained to me.
Meanwhile, there’s also been behind-the-scenes drama regarding picking the hosts for The X Factor. Read More »