December 07, 2011 09:00 AM by Lisa Princ
Week after week on The X Factor, we watch as Steve Jones presents us with all the excitement of the show, and delivers the bad news of who has been eliminated. While you may think Steve has it made, his job is anything but easy! In a press conference yesterday, the host took some time out of his schedule to chat about the show, Simon Cowell, and even the recent death threats against Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. Read on to hear what Steve Jones had to say!
Welshman Steve Jones is quickly making his mark in America as The X Factor’s hunky host, but don’t let him fool you – Steve says that it is not as easy as it looks. In a press interview yesterday, Steve Jones dished all about his gig on the show, as well as dealing with Simon Cowell, and the recent death threats. One thing that Steve really wanted to reiterate was that he is not rude at all, as some folks seem to think. After listening to him today, we can tell you first hand, that Steve Jones is a very down to earth guy with a great sense of humor! Check out Steve’s interview below.
Question: How are you enjoying your experience?
Steve Jones: It’s been fantastic. It is everything I hoped and much more. It has measured up to the dream job status I was hoping for. I won’t lie though, it is tough, it’s a hard show to do, which kind of surprised me a bit. The live elements and steering the judges seems to be tougher than I though. I have enjoyed hanging out with the judges and making new friends. I am enjoying my new life here in L.A. I have new house, a new car, I am paying my taxes, I am legit [laughing].
Question: Can you talk about the death threats received by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger?
Steve Jones: Death threats always raise concern, I would question the validity of them though. It’s difficult to comment on, I mean they are awful – it’s just a tv show. Everybody just needs chill out please, it’s a television show.
Question: What do you think about being compared to Ryan Seacrest?
Steve Jones: I am hugely flattered by the comparison. I mean, it is Ryan Seacrest, he is the titan of the industry. If I follow in his footsteps, then I am doing something right. I have met him a few times, he is very polite, and I couldn’t be happier or more flattered.
Question: What do you like better, the competition between the contestants or the judges?
Steve Jones: That is interesting, that’s a tricky one. I enjoy hanging with the contestants and watching them flourish. It’s kind of 50-50, I love to watch the judges, but the contestants – I love watching them sing their songs. The judges are something else though. You just don’t know what the hell is going come out of the judges mouths, and I am the guy who has to get them to stop talking. It’s a challenge, but I love being in front of the judges.
Question: Can you share some thoughts on Astro. Is he really arrogant, or just that good?
Steve Jones: I wouldn’t say he is arrogant, more like petulant. He is young, but I do believe he is that good. Astro is Justin Bieber like in the Hip Hop niche, and the guy is gonna be gigantic one day.
Question: What’s been the toughest aspect thus far for you?
Steve Jones: I would have to say the time element – getting everything done in the limited time we have. In all honesty, two hours is along time, but the judges speak endlessly, and they the same thing 5 or 6 times, trying to prove their point. Don’t get me wrong, I relish everything they say. They are fascinating to watch and listen to, but I have to cut them off, and that’s the most difficult. Everyone at home wants to hear what they are saying, but if I don’t cut them off, the show will just end, with no winner.
Question: What are you plans after the finale, and will you back for season two?
Steve Jones: I will hopefully be back for season two. After the finale, I will be going under radar for about six weeks, as I will be in Mexico with my family. Then, I will come back to L.A. in January, and I will be taking a road trip across America with my family until February. I will then be back in Britain for a bit, then will return to L.A. in March.
Question: Some critics have been hard on you, is it hard to hear?
Steve Jones: Well, you know, I don’t like everyone on television, so I don’t expect everyone to like me. Most of it does not get to me, but the only one that bothers me is hearing that I am rude, when I am not. I am not rude, I am nice. That’s been a bit harsh – the rudeness thing. I am just doing my job to get the show moving. If I didn’t, it would end without finishing, and I would lose my job.
Question: What do you say to the contestants each week when they are booted off the show?
Steve Jones: I try to convey that I am going to miss them, and their lives are not over. It’s a tough spot to be in, and I want them to know there is plenty of opportunity out there for them. They have made a monumental achievement, and I want to let them know that. I spend weeks and weeks with these people and I never know when I will see them again, so I also thank them for their company and wish them good luck for the future. It’s tough, but that’s television for you.
Question: What were your thoughts and feelings on Simon Cowell’s reaction to Drew’s elimination?
Steve Jones: It was one of annoyance. I thought it was childish on Simon’s part. I mean, these people are invested in the show, and they want to know what Simon thinks. When he refuses to do that, it kind of defeats the purpose. I was kind of annoyed because I wanted to know what that complicated man was thinking at that time. I am hoping that he doesn’t do that in the future. I know he was crushed, but that’s the show, it’s dramatic with emotions all over the place.
Question: Is that difficult to take when you are put in that situation, almost as you are to blame for the news, and how do you know what to say?
Steve Jones: I have broad shoulders, I can take it. If people want to vent on me, I can take it. I can’t say it’s not hurtful, like being called rude, because I am not, I just have a job to do. There is no preparation for what to say in these situations, because we don’t know who is going home ahead of time, it’s in the moment. I have a general direction of where I want to go, such as last feelings, or Simon’s comments on what went wrong, but I don’t know what is going to happen from one moment to the next. Make no mistake, it’s a high pressure situation because I am trying to get comments from contestants and judges. It’s tough, very tough, but it’s exciting and I enjoy the pressure.
Question: Each week we watch the judges battle and there always appears to be some tension. Does that carry on backstage, or is it all for show?
Steve Jones: We definitely see traces of that backstage, and it is very entertaining to watch. One aspect that really surprised me was the was lack of theatrics, it’s all real. Simon was really pissed at Nicole and Paula last week, he wouldn’t speak to them. He wants to win, he is not used to losing. It really surprised me at how nasty it can get on occasions, but these are popular judges with big egos, and none of them want to lose. It is very real, and can get horrible on occasion.
Thank you to Steve Jones for taking the time for this press interview today, we hope to see you back for season two of The X Factor on Fox!
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