The X Factor

Steve Jones

Full name: Stephen Ashton Jones
Nickname: Steve
Date of birth: March 16, 1977
Hometown: Rhondda, Wales
Resume highlights: Model, TV host, ladies’ man

Steve Jones is more than just the Welsh Ryan Seacrest — known for his brutal honesty when it comes to his celebrity interviewees, he's one of the most popular television interviewers in England. He also happens to be funny... and not too shabby to look at. The former model has 'fessed up to flings with such Hollywood hotties as Angelina Jolie, Hayden Panettiere, and Pamela Anderson.

However, life would have been different if a personal tragedy hadn't struck when he was 19 and living the humble life of a factory worker in Wales. But after one of his best friends was killed in a biking accident (which Steve witnessed), his life crumbled. Self-destructive behavior followed until a friend finally convinced him to travel the world with him. Upon arriving in Thailand, he was immediately discovered by a scout from Elle magazine, and his modeling career began.  

Steve modeled in Asia for three years, but when he tried to continue his career in England, agencies weren’t interested. Then he found out about a new Welsh pop show that was looking for hosts. He auditioned and got the gig. The job led him to T4 on England's Channel 4, where he spent eight years before leaving in fall 2010.

Steve's charisma and chemistry with Nicole Scherzinger, who was originally cast as co-host on The X Factor before getting bumped up to judge, helped him land his X Factor hosting job. He tweeted on January 30th, 2012 he would not be returning for Season 2.

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