It was a season of many changes for Simon Cowell’s U.K. import “X Factor.” With the departures of original judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones, the singing show was set to hit the reboot button for it’s sophomore season. And the show rebooted in a major way, with the high-profile hirings of judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
With the judging panel in place, word began to leak that Simon was looking to hire not one but two people to host the show: Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom. While the announcement of Mario Lopez, a veteran of many hosting gigs including entertainment news show “Extra” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” made sense, Kardashian was a more unconventional choice.
More famous for her reality show and tabloid exploits, Khloe had very little hosting experience when she signed up for the show. “For me, when I was asked if I wanted to do this, I was so blown away. And the fact that Simon has given me the opportunity — I’ve never hosted a thing in my life,” Kardashian said backstage after the show’s season finale.
While right after her premiere on the show, the newly minted hostess told us that she was “getting into the flow” of her “X Factor” duties, she seems to have found her rhythm and niche on the show.
“To do something on this magnitude, I’m so honored and blessed and I just love that I’ve been able to grow through this whole experience. So I’ve had a phenomenal time,” she gushed about her time on “X Factor.”
With the departure of L.A. Reid and facing declining ratings against NBC’s “The Voice,” it seems the third season of the show will hit the reboot button yet again. Does that mean the big KO (Kardashian Odom) will return next year?
“I would love to come back,” Kardashian said.