Despite Steve Jones' curious hunky-yet-awkward charm on the British version of The X Factor, he didn't quite have the US version's hosting gig in the bag during pre-production. The American installment did have auditions for a host before they just brought Steve over anyway, and among the auditioners was Nick Lachey's wife Vanessa Mannillo (now Vanessa Lachey)!

Even though she didn't book it, Vanessa was cool with how things panned out. "They went with a British guy. You can't get more polar opposite, so I am OK with that," she told the New York Post. "Now if the host was a brunette girl in her early 30s, I would be like 'wait a minute!'"

Uh, we guess there would have been a rumble if Nicole Scherzinger had co-hosted along with him as was originally planned.

Of course, Vanessa is now the co-host of ABC's Wipe Out, so we guess she isn't faring too badly. In fact, she said if The X Factor hosting gig was offered to her now, she'd turn it down: "I'm happy where I'm at."

We probably would be too, if we were also married to an ex-98 Degrees member.

Source: E! Online

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