Steve Jones
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As expected, Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger will co-host X Factor.

But here’s something unexpected: British TV host and personality Steve Jones, left, will be her co-host, replacing previous frontrunner for the gig, High School Musical co-star Corbin Bleu. Yup, along with Cheryl Cole, another Brit unknown to U.S. audiences on the show.

The news leaked in the UK press early this morning after a Scottish DJ Edith Bowman tweeted the news: “The Brits invade. Steve Jones is gonna host the American X Factor I hear. Well bloody done you Mr Jones.”

Sources say Jones and Bleu battled it out for the spot. After plenty of debate, a deal was struck with Jones in the wee hours of the morning. Still to come: The final X Factor judge announcement, which sources continue to indicate should be Paula Abdul. The hosts and judges preside over their first set of auditions tomorrow, so tick-tick-tick….