‘X’ Marks The Spot For ‘DWTS’ Champ Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger (Photo: NBC)

Nicole Scherzinger (Photo: NBC)

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Pussycat Doll frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger stands poised to establish herself as a front runner to judge the American version of ‘The X Factor,’ premiering fall 2011 on Fox.

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Scherzinger – who dipped her fancy feet into the reality-TV pool by winning the latest season of ‘Dancing With the Stars‘ – will be filling in for the pregnant Dannii Minogue when the UK ‘X Factor’ tapes an audition episode next week. That turn at the dais, Radar Online hears, could effectively vault Nicole to the short list of possible judges for when Simon Cowell brings the ‘American Idol‘-esque competition across the pond next year.

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Though the U.S. ‘X’ is still a ways away, already the rumor mill has churned up names such as songstress Beyoncé and actress Megan Fox (since refuted) as possible judges.

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Another front runner – and a legit one – is Cowell’s ‘Idol’ sparring partner, Paula Abdul. Though the former pop star is set to shepherd another UK import –  the CBS series ‘Got To Dance,’ premiering midseason – the thinking is that the door was left open for her to exit stage right and join Fox’s ‘X Factor’ if need be.

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