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Jones never worried about accent

Steve Jones has revealed that he was never worried about how US X Factor viewers would take his Welsh accent - despite Cheryl Cole's exit from the show.

The 34-year-old, who beat British X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary to the US job, said Simon Cowell never thought it was an issue.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: "Fox wasn't concerned, Simon wasn't concerned, I wasn't concerned.

"This is not my first rodeo, as they say. I've been back and forth to America for years... no one has had a problem with my accent ever.

"Living in London for 10 years kind of Anglicized me. It's important if you're on a nationwide TV show, that people in Scotland, Ireland, England understand what you say. You can't risk them saying, 'What the hell is this guy talking about?'."

Steve said that he deliberately didn't watch the last series of the British X Factor - because he wanted to stamp his own mark on the US show.

He said: "I've never analysed hosts, to be honest. I didn't even watch the last series of British X Factor because I wanted to do what I want to do. Doesn't mean I didn't respect these guys, but I needed to be me..."

He said of the US series: "I've been training all my life for this."

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