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Nicole Scherzinger Has "Inside Track" On X Factor Judging Job, Says Source

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Jul. 4 2010, Published 2:45 p.m. ET

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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.

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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.

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