Steve Jones tipped for US X role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 June 2010
Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Welsh presenter Steve Jones is reportedly one of Simon Cowell's top choices to front 'The X Factor' in the US

Steve Jones is reportedly one of Simon Cowell's first choices to host 'The X Factor' in the US.

The Welsh presenter - who has previously been romantically linked to American actresses Pamela Anderson, Hayden Panettiere and Halle Berry - faces competition from his close pal Dermot O'Leary.

However, an insider said that Steve is "recognisable" because of his love life but added: "The job is likely to go to an American."

Speaking recently, Dermot - who took over hosting the UK version of 'The X Factor' from Kate Thornton in 2007 - admitted he would love to front the US contest, but accepted it is unlikely to happen.

He said: "I would do anything to get on that show - but I think Simon will go with an American presenter. It's a bummer."

Current judges Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh have also been linked with a move to the US show, but insiders believe it is unlikely to happen.

A source said recently: "Producers are concerned that having three Brits in major roles could be a turn-off for American viewers. It's no secret that Americans love the Brits but it is called the American 'X Factor'.

"Having three out of the five main roles taken up by British stars is seen as excessive. It's early days yet but bosses are believed to favour either Cheryl or Dermot rather than both."

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