Nicole Scherzinger will take on hosting duties on the American version of Simon Cowell's hit U.K. talent show "The X Factor" – if the TV tycoon gets his way.
The former Pussycat Dolls star has been linked to the new series after she was a hit guest judge on the British version last year. Scherzinger was a hot favorite to land a seat on the panel alongside Cowell, but the music mogul has announced he wants the beauty to front the show, alongside an as-yet-unnamed male star – rumored to be Enrique Iglesias.
Cowell tells MTV News, "Yeah, I want her to do it. But we've got to get the deal done and find someone she has chemistry with. But I absolutely adore her. She was fantastic on the U.K. X Factor and I'm hopeful it will happen. She's gorgeous and ruthlessly ambitious and doesn't arrive with a massive entourage. Everyone adores her.
"You know how a lot of these shows now kind of feel empty when you watch and there is someone sometimes struggling on their own? I think on this show it could be helpful to have two."
Cowell is expected to make an official announcement about the line-up by the end of this week.
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