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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.

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.

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

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