Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Steve Jones Hosts on The X Factor on October 25, 2011

We reported previously that X Factor host Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger were on the fast track to becoming star-crossed lovers when Simon put the kibosh on their goo-goo eyes. But that’s not how the Daily Star tells it!

According to the U.K. rag, the Welsh heartthrob put on an “embarrassing” display at The X Factor’s West Hollywood rap party last week. “He was flirting like mad,” a source reported, but “no matter what moves he tried, Nicole just wasn’t interested.” Scherzinger not interested — not even with Jones “laying it on pretty thick”? Say it isn’t so!

And then there’s this gem from Jones himself: “If I ever leave X Factor, Scherzinger’s phone will be smoking hot from me ringing it constantly[.]” Is the borderline harassment angle part of Jones’s Welsh charm?

But that’s not all in the “Steve Jones is having a bad year” saga. As the latest installment in a long line of speculation as to Jones’s job security, it appears that Dancing On Ice’s Christine Bleakley is angling for a spot hosting The X Factor. As Mirror puts it, Simon Cowell “has expressed an interest in working with” Bleakley; “[s]he gets on very well with Simon and he’s always maintained at some point they will work together.” 

Pressure's on, Steve!

Sources: Daily Star, Mirror

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