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One was a sure thing, the other is a relative unknown in the States.

But both will soon be taking up time on your TV screen, as Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones have been named co-hosts of The X-Factor.

  • X-Factor Co-Host
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"These two are going to be great together," series creator Simon Cowell said of the choices. "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 U.K. X Factor last year. She is gorgeous and super-talented."

Scherzinger has been rumored as a host for weeks, while Jones' selection comes as a bit of a surprise. Corbin Bleu had been considered the favorite to appear alongside the former Pussycat Doll.

The X-Factor kicked off auditions this weekend and will air on Fox in September.

[Photos: Fame, WENN.com]

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The judges appear to be in place. But who will be The X-Factor's version of Ryan Seacrest this fall?

Entertainment Weekly reports that two names are close to finalizing deals as the competition's co-hosts: former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherziner.

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Bleu made his mark on the Disney Channel, but he's since gone on to anchor In the Heights on Broadway for a run. Scherzinger, meanwhile, is a favorite of producer Simon Cowell, who says he absolutely adores the beauty.

Contracts for both will need to be signed soon, as production is scheduled to begin on May 8.

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Nicki Minaj is out. Might Nicole Scherzinger be in?

The hip hop star will not judge The X-Factor, but Simon Cowell himself sounds very close to naming the former Pussycat Doll as the second judge on his upcoming singing competition.

"I want her to do it, but we've got to get the deal done and find someone she has chemistry with," Cowell tells TV Guide. "I absolutely adore her. She was fantastic on the U.K. X Factor and I'm hopeful it will happen."

Former Pussycat Doll

Cowell says Cheryl Cole is in the mix and also explains his connection to L.A. Reid, who has been confirmed for the panel.

"I met him approximately fifteen years ago when he'd launched Pink for the first time. He put on a show and got every single person in the room to believe this person was a star. The way he presented her with his passion drew me to him and was a big part of why I chose him to be on the show. A "yes" or "no" from L.A. Reid should really mean something to the contestants."

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While all the reality show judging controversy over the last few months has been centered around American Idol, let's not forget about the show Simon Cowell left this hit for.

X Factor will debut on Fox in early 2011 and The New York Post has announced a pair of judges on that the British version of this singing competition: Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole.

Scherzinger is the former lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls and last season's Dancing with the Stars champion.; while Cole is a beautiful British singer/model. She's also dating Derek Hough.

Fox is yet to announce a premiere date for X Factor, but it should be interesting to see how it fares compared to Idol. Will you watch both?

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Blake Lively and Nicole Scherzinger are both gorgeous young stars, but only one can prevail in this celebrity style showdown! Who will that be? You decide!

Friday's fashion face-off features some sexy, Posh black dresses.

The Gossip Girl star picked a Victoria Beckham dress for an N.Y.C. charity event, while the Pussycat Doll worked a little black number for X Factor auditions.

Who rocked theirs better, the sultry actress or the dynamic Dancing With the Stars champion? Your votes will determine the answer. Go to it below ...

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Who wore their black dress better?

 

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During last night's Dancing With the Stars finale, Nicole Scherzinger and her partner, Derek Hough, earned the unanimous praise of all three of the judges.

Pretty much the same as how fans felt about them all season.

Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani

“I’m totally emotional,” Hough said after he and Nicole won the prestigious Mirrorball trophy. “Nicole and I burst out into tears backstage after our tango."

"We were so overwhelmed with how happy we were with what was going on tonight. Win, lose, draw we were going to be happy. But to win is phenomenal.”

“I’m kind of speechless right now,” confessed Nicole Scherzinger. "I’m going to go into a room and cry. It’s not about the trophy. It’s beyond the trophy."

Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough kiss the hardware.

"The experience and the challenge and everything you go through - this has been a lot of life-changing experiences in three months. It’s just so intense.”

Meanwhile, there were no hard feelings from talented finalists Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya or Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - only praise.

“We definitely feel like we haven’t left anything on the table,” Lysacek said. “We all gave it our best shot, but Derek and Nicole were the best from day one."

“I was a mess when I came here,” said Andrews, the victim of a nude peephole video stalking scandal, said, in tears. “He was exactly what I needed.”

Like Lysacek, Andrews was thrilled to compete in the finale, and humbled by the experience. Adds Lysacek, “I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.”

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Ten weeks and a dozen and a half routines later, Season 10 of Dancing With the Stars has finally come to an end. The winner of the coveted Mirrorball trophy was unveiled Tuesday, with three contestants remaining entering the night.

  • Would it be Evan Lysacek, limber Olympic figure skating gold medalist, looking to add the famed Mirrorball to burgeoning trophy case?
  • Would it be Nicole Scherzinger, the lovely lead Pussycat Doll and lord of the Dancing With the Stars season from beginning to end?
  • Would it be Erin Andrews, embattled ESPN reporter turned ballroom aficionado, and a woman who everyone has to be rooting for?
  • Anna and Evan
  • Derek Hough and Nicole Scherzinger Image
  • Maksim and Erin Andrews

All three made compelling cases this Spring, but there can be only one winner. Follow the jump to see who took home the Dancing with the Stars title ...

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Might Erin Andrews pull off an incredible Dancing with the Stars upset?

In our finals preview yesterday, we listed her as a long shot against favorite Nicole Scherzinger and dark horse Evan Lysacek, each of whom are more skilled.

Somebody either forgot to tell Erin she was the underdog heading into last night's final performances, or did tell her and provided her bulletin board material.

Erin Andrews tied Nicole with an aggregate 55, meaning it really will come down to every last vote. Can she muster enough support to win the Mirror Ball?

Teaming with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on a Samba to kick off the night, Erin scored a 29. Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya got a 28 on the Viennese Waltz.

Nicole and Derek Hough's Rumba netted a 28. In the freestyle round, Nicole made up one point on Erin, tying for the overall lead. Evan faltered somewhat.

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Erin Andrews mauls Maksim Chmerkovskiy in bed. Art imitating life?

If Scherzinger still has a slight edge, it's because she and Derek went for the toughest moves, almost resulting in Nicole falling off his shoulders at one point.

Erin and Maks, meanwhile, chose to do a lyrical freestyle, which seemed So You Think You Can Dance-esque with props and unadulterated sexual chemistry.

So can Erin actually pull off the upset on tonight's results show - when Kate Gosselin returns, Vienna Girardi debuts and the season winner is unveiled at last?

She earned consideration at the very least. Nicole will likely get the title and it will be well-earned, but she won't run away with it. Last night's full scorecard:

  • Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Samba: 29. Freestyle: 26. Total: 55.
  • Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough: Rumba: 28. Freestyle: 27. Total: 55.
  • Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya: Waltz: 28. Freestyle: 24. Total: 52.

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  • Derek Hough, Nicole Scherzinger
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  • The Final 3 Couples
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Who do you want to win Dancing with the Stars?

 

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Dancing with the Stars names its 10th champions tomorrow. Who will win it? Only three tandems are left vying for the Mirror Ball when they take the floor tonight.

It's now or never for Erin, Maks, Nicole, Derek, Evan and Anna. There are no cumulative scores, so any faltering tonight could be devastating, even to the favorite.

Below, we break down the dancers left standing on the final night of competition, their strengths and weaknesses, and their odds of bringing home the glory ...

Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Why they'll win: Sex appeal. Chemistry. Being a hoot to watch. Unquestionably the most attractive and fun pair all season long, Erin and Maks have earned their place in the finals with performances that are technically rigorous as well.
Why they won't: This isn't to suggest the judges have it in for Erin, but they sort of do. Off-the-charts heat doesn't translate to higher scores - rarely they matched Nicole or Evan's totals. If they did tonight, it would be a surprise. A hot surprise.
Odds: 20-1

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  • Perfection For Evan

Can either Erin or Evan pull a huge upset in this week's finals?

Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya
Why they'll win: Evan and Anna served notice with last week's dances that this far from over. Nicole may be the favorite, but Evan has as many perfect 30s (two) as she does, and if they end up all square at the end of tonight, he may have a shot.
Why they won't: Nicole is still better ... which is a little unfair, given that she dances for a living, but such is life. Evan needs to be nearly flawless and get some help.
Odds: 5-1

Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
Why they'll win: Woman's got skills. Those new Pussycat Dolls have big shoes to fill. Popular and proficient, Nicole has the whole package and should get it done. And partnering with Derek Hough should help with the female audience, as well.
Why they won't: Her fan base could assume she has it wrapped up and not vote. It's all about turnout as much as talent. Or she has a rare off night, which we doubt.
Odds: 3-2

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Make no mistake, this title is Nicole's to lose.

Who do you want to win Dancing with the Stars?

 

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Tomorrow night, Nicole Scherzinger will learn her fate on Dancing with the Stars.

But while that title is still on the line, this much is for certain: the group that made Scherzinger famous has undergone a major face-lift.

Four-fifths of The Pussycat Dolls have officially been replaced. Melody Thornton, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, and Kimberly Wyatt are out; and the following singers/dancers are in:

  • Kherington Payne: Former So You Think You Can Dance star
  • Rino Nakasone-Razalan: Former Harajuku Girl member
  • Vanessa Curry: Former Laker Girl, Rumored Kobe Bryant mistress
  • Jamie Lee Ruiz: Former Girlicious singer

Along with their famous lead singer, this quintet performed for the first time together on Friday night and then posted for the grainy photo above.

Led by creator Robin Antin, the new Dolls will enter the recording studio as soon as Scherzinger completes her run on DWTS. They'll be forced to come up with new ways to essentially say the same thing in all their songs: f-ck me. F-ck me hard!

Jamie Lee Ruiz
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