Back in May, The X Factor finally confirmed that they had signed on Britney Spears to judge the show alongside Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and LA Reid. The next bit of casting involved the host or hosts who would helm the show once the live performances part of the show got underway. It was assumed that a host or the hosts would be announced over the Summer, well before the show began airing in September. The show started airing and no host was announced. The show is now in its second month and up until this week, no host was announced. There had been rumors about who might get the gig and today we learn that those rumors have been officially confirmed. Mario Lopez and Khloé Kardashian Odom have been selected to co-host The X Factor. Natrually, this is good/bad news for me.
After weeks of rumors about who our new hosts will be, we can officially confirm that it is indeed reality star Khloe Kardashian Odom and actor/host Mario Lopez. The two will make their X FACTOR co-hosting debut when the Live Shows begin in early November. “The worst kept secret in Hollywood is out,” said Simon Cowell today. “Mario and Khloe are our hosts. They will debut on our first live show in November and I couldn’t be happier.” “I’m so thrilled to become a part of THE X FACTOR family,” said Khloe. “I’ve been a big fan of the show and look forward to working with Simon and all of the judges. It’s going to be so much fun!” Added Mario, “I’m very excited to be joining THE X FACTOR team. 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.” Khloe also took to Twitter (@KhloeKardashian) and her blog to spread the good news. She wrote, “I’m a huge fan of the show, so I literally fell over in my chair when I heard that I was being considered for the role. The show already has such an incredible panel of judges and it is truly an honor to have been given this opportunity to work with them. I’m thrilled, overjoyed, and of course a little nervous about this new step in my career, and I can’t wait to get started. Wish me luck!” Mario also hit his Twitter (@MarioLopezExtra) to make the big announcement. He tweeted, “Alright guys, it’s official…I’ll be hosting @TheXFactorUSA! Looking forward to working with @SimonCowell and the rest of the amazing team”
Now … as a brand new fan of The X Factor (a fan who ONLY watches the show for Britney Spears) I can’t say I’m particularly wowed by this news. Mario Lopez is fine, actually. I like him … I don’t love him. I think he’ll make a great host but I don’t really expect him to be particularly amazing (I do expect him not to annoy me as much as Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly on those other singing shows). As for the other host, well, y’all know my personal feelings about anyone from the K family. That said, I honestly can’t say a bad thing about Khloé. She is a very good friend of a friend of mine and as I understand it, she is a very lovely and loyal person. I’m just not a fan of anyone from the K family so I do my best to just not even discuss them … so, I don’t think I’ll be blogging much about the hosts of The X Factor. But, I will continue to watch the show so I can cheer for/fawn over our dear Britney Spears. Do any of y’all have any particularly strong feelings about this casting news? Please, feel free to share.