Steve Jones facing the axe

Former T4 presenter Steve Jones looks set to follow in Cheryl Cole's footsteps and be axed from X Factor USA.

American audiences have failed to warm to the Welshman and recent comments from Simon hint at a big overhaul for next year.

A source told the Daily Mirror: "Steve keeps saying that living in LA is a dream come true.

"He loves the weather and the women, and he loves working on X Factor – it’s just a shame that the US public has not warmed to him.

"He got terrible reviews from critics when he started and things haven’t got better.

"There have been mistakes and he just doesn’t seem to have the knack for dealing with contestants.

"The executives at Fox have already decided not to renew his contract and so, short of a miracle happening, it is pretty much a done deal that he will not take part next season."

US media have lead the criticism of Jones, with The New York Times calling him "utterly irrelevant" and the Boston Herald saying he was "so far in the background he may as well be on another network."

Responding to criticism that he was rude to evicted contestants, Jones said: "I’m there to do a job, to ask certain questions, and to move the show along.

"If I can’t do that than FOX, Fremantle and Simon will find somebody else who can."

... a choice of words he may now be regretting.

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