Forget The X Factor. Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones are reportedly engaged in The Sex Factor!
A source close to this Fox competition tells Heat that the judge and the host were actually told to get close earlier this summer, before Cheryl Cole was fired from the program and Scherzinger moved from co-host to panelist.
"X Factor executives encouraged Nicole and Steve to build their chemistry, and get to know each other better over drinks," the insider claims. "But since then, things have moved on.”
So why haven't Scherzinger - who split from Lewis Hamilton a few weeks ago, following an up-and-down four years - and Jones gone public? A certain British producer, the mole says: “They can’t go public until they get the okay from Simon."
And we all know how difficult it can be to receive words of encouragement from Simon Cowell.