Khloe Kardashian, Mario Lopez to host The X Factor

Oct 26 2012, 18:17 IST
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Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez

Reality star Khloe Kardashian will co-host The X Factor, broadcaster Fox said last week, putting one of the popular celebrities on U.S. television at the forefront of the revamped singing contest. Kardashian, who with her California socialite sisters Kim and Kourtney rose to fame in Keeping Up With The Kardashians, will appear on the U.S. version of the show from November.

She will share duties with Mario Lopez, host of syndicated entertainment news magazine show Extra, Fox said in a statement.

X Factor creator Simon Cowell said in September that Kardashian, 28, was his top choice to co-host the singing contest following his firing in January of little-known British TV personality Steve Jones, who had the job as host for the show's first season in 2011.

“The worst kept secret in Hollywood is out,” Cowell said 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.”

Kardashian married basketball player Lamar Odom in 2009, and the pair got their own spin-off show last year. She has more than 7 million followers on Twitter and has been in the news recently over the couple's efforts to have a baby.

Lopez, 39, is less well known but the former actor hosts Extra as well as a radio show On With Mario Lopez. He is also an author of several fitness books. Kardashian and Lopez complete the celebrity overhaul of The X Factor after a disappointing first season.

Britney Spears and former Disney Channel star Demi Lovato made their debut as judges in September, replacing Paula Abdul and singer Nicole Scherzinger, who were also fired in January.

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