“I’m wearing an earpiece and there’s about five people screaming, ‘Shut Paula up. Shut her up now. Move on.’ I’m going to have hearing damage in this ear by the end of [the] series,” Steve said.
“I feel terrible because I feel on occasions I’m coming across as rude and abrupt and that’s really not me,” he added. “I cherish every word that comes out of Paula. You know, it’s a two hour long show. We’re in limited time. We need a conclusion otherwise it will just kind of end and nothing will have happened.”
Nicole paired her Randi Rahm dress with Jimmy Choo shoes, a Swarovski bag, a Loree Rodkin ring, and Diamond in the Rough earrings.
A note to future X Factor hopefuls, here are five songs Simon never wants to hear again at an audition: R. Kelly‘s “I Believe I Can Fly,” Etta James‘ “At Last,” The Righteous Brothers‘ “Unchained Melody,” Jason Mraz‘s “I’m Yours,” and John Legend‘s “Ordinary People.”
Simonrevealed his list during a recent conference call to promote the FOX competition series, which kicks off next Wednesday (September 21) at 8 p.m.!
FYI: Paula is wearing a Balmain dress with Ruthie Davis heels and a Yves Saint Laurent bag.
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The 51-year-old former American Idol judge recently said that he felt The X Factor would have been canceled if Paula had not signed on.
“At one point, when [Paula's] deal came down to the 11th hour, I remember saying to the team, ‘If she’s not there, you may as well cancel filming.’ I really felt that strongly that I wanted her with me,” Simonsaid.
FYI: Nicole is wearing Ruthie Davis “Implant” heels.
“It’s warm and fuzzy right now – with a little bit of vinegar poured on top. It’s fun, we’re having a blast,” Paula told Extra about working on the singing competition, which earlier this month held auditions in Los Angeles.
FYI: Cheryl is wearing a Vivienne Westwood orb choker necklace.
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“These two are going to be great together,” Simon Cowell said in a statement. “I have always wanted Steve to work with us; I think he is a real star. Nicole is fantastic. I loved working with her on the U.K. X Factor last year. She is gorgeous and super-talented.”
“I loved working alongside Simon on the U.K. show, and cannot wait to see what he has in store for the U.S. I’m so excited to work with Steve Jones and help discover astounding talent from across the country!” the 32-year-old Pussycat Dolls singer added.
Steve, 34 – who previously hosted the U.K. shows T4 Music and As Seen on TV – called his new gig “an honor” and “a dream come true.”