'The X Factor': Stacy Keibler and Khloe Kardashian in the mix for hosting job
Series creator and judge Simon Cowell said in a recent chat with reporters that he wants two hosts, a man and a woman, and that he's taking his time with the search (auditions have been taped without a host backstage). He also said he's "narrowed it down to five people."
According to a couple of reports, though, about twice that many people may be in contention. Both EW and E! Online cite Mario Lopez and Stacy Keibler as contenders. EW also says Rocsi Diaz of BET's "106 & Park," comedian Stevie Ryan (VH1's "Stevie TV") and "Vampire Diaries" actress Kat Graham are in the mix.
Meanwhile, E! says two of its own -- Khloe Kardashian Odom and Kelly Osbourne -- have been mentioned, along with Diaz's "106 & Park" co-host Terrence J, sportscaster Erin Andrews (who just moved from ESPN to Fox Sports) and radio host/"Dancing With the Stars" alum Mike Catherwood.
"The X Factor" initially planned to have two hosts last season: Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones. When Scherzinger moved to the judges' table in place of Cheryl Cole, Jones hosted the show solo.