*Entertainment Weekly is reporting that “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu is in talks to co-host Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor.”
Bleu would share honors with previously reported co-host Nicole Scherzinger. Neither star has officially joined the Fox series, but both are close to signing deals, according to EW.
“The X Factor” must have its host and judges panels in place by May 8 — the first day of production. Cowell has hinted that former “American Idol” colleague Paula Abdul and U.K. “X Factor’ judge Cheryl Cole will likely join him and L.A. Reid at the judges’ table.
In addition to “High School Musical,” Bleu has released two albums and starred on the CW’s short-lived “The Beautiful Life: TBL.”