Nicole Scherzinger has a long, lean leg up on the competition to land in a judge's chair next fall when Simon Cowell launches X Factor in the U.S., RadarOnline.com has learned.
The Pussycat Doll-turned-Dancing with the Stars champion is filling in for pregnant Dannii Minogue when the original UK version of X Factor tapes an audition episode next week.
In many ways it is an audition for her too, a source says. If Scherzinger does well, she'll have an "inside track" for the permanent job in the U.S. come September, 2011.
Scherzinger has another important reason for wanting to be in the UK right now. Her boyfriend Lewis Hamilton is scheduled to drive in a Formula One Grand Prix race next Sunday at Silverstone.