Why is the Welsh host determined to protect contestants against Simon?
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I'll admit it: My first reaction to meeting "X Factor" host Steve Jones was "Compared to Ryan Seacrest, this guy is James Bond."
The 34-year-old former model from Wales made his debut as "X Factor" host on Wednesday (September 21) night, a gig he'll now take on solo after his original co-host, Nicole Scherzinger, was elevated to judge early in the audition process.
Jones was only seen fleetingly in Wednesday's premiere, so he's still a bit of an unknown to American audiences, while British fans know him from hosting duties on shows like "Drop Zone," "As Seen on TV" and "Guinness World Records Smashed."
Check out my interview with Jones, in which he discussed his relationship with the judges, his relationship with contestants and why he actually doesn't want audiences to know too much about it.