"These two are going to be great together," series creator Simon Cowell told Us Weekly in a statement late Saturday. "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."
Pussycat Dolls' Scherzinger and British TV host Jones join a growing A-list roster of X Factor talent including judges L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole, who will sit on the panel alongside Cowell. While a fourth judge has yet to be named, a source tells Us Paula Abdul is a strong contender and in the "final stages" of contract negotiations.