Lopez, Kardashian to host The X Factor

2012-10-17 09:32

Los Angeles – Mario Lopez and Khloé Kardashian Odom are officially joining The X Factor.

After weeks of speculation, Fox announced yesterday that the Extra host and the Keeping Up with the Kardashians co-star will indeed host the second season of the talent competition.

Lopez and Kardashian Odom will first appear as hosts during the show’s live broadcasts next month, the network said.

“The worst kept secret in Hollywood is out,” said X Factor creator and judge Simon Cowell in a statement.

“Mario and Khloe are our hosts. They will debut on our first live show in November, and I couldn’t be happier.”

British television personality Steve Jones served as the sole host for the first season of the US edition of the show.

The addition of Lopez and Kardashian Odom is the latest shift for the underperforming singing contest.
Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joined Cowell and LA Reid on The X Factor judging panel at the start of the second season.

The pair replaced Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

“I’m very excited to be joining The X Factor team,” said Lopez, who has also hosted MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew for the past seven seasons.

“I love the show, and I’ve been a big fan of Simon Cowell and the judges for a long time. Khloe and I have been friends for years, and I know we’ll be a great team and have a blast.”

The current second season of X Factor is earning solid ratings for Fox, but NBC’s The Voice continues to perform better.

Last week, 12.55 million people watched The Voice, while X Factor was seen by 9.71 million, according to the Nielsen Co.

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