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The X Factor: Simon Cowell Explains Decision Behind Co-hosts

5 years ago by Reg Seeton

The X Factor welcomed new co-hosts Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez to kick off the live shows in Season 2 – Photo: Fox

Now that The X Factor is live with new co-hosts Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez, Simon Cowell recently explained his decision to hire two people to host the popular Fox series instead of one.

Ahead of the live shows on The X Factor, The Deadbolt spent a few minutes with executive producer, judge, and mentor Simon Cowell to get his thoughts on the two host format after the departure of first season host Steve Jones.

“The very first show I ever did on TV was the British version of American Idol,” Simon told The Deadbolt this week, “and we had two hosts. It was so much fun. I always think that with two hosts they’ve got each other to rely on.”

When Simon brought American Idol to the United States, as many fans will recall, the series featured two co-hosts in Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman.

Although Dunkleman left Idol after the first season, Cowell chose to return to the two host format this season on The X Factor by hiring Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez.

So, why did Cowell decide to go with two co-hosts?

“We worked out that there’s so much talking one host has to do on these live shows,” added Cowell to The Deadbolt, “in terms of voting information and other information that it would be more fun for the viewers to split it up so you’re not hearing the same person talk and talk. We’ll find out soon if it was a good idea or terrible idea.”

The second live X Factor show airs Thursday at 8/7c on Fox.

After the first live show this week with Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez, how do you feel about the two host format?

What do you think?

Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!
  • Debbie

    I can’t believe you picked outdated, non-stars for the co-hosts! Really?
    I’m 60 years old and I think they are poor choices. What happened to glamorous, current people, with ability that most of the other talent shows have found?
    Ryan, Tom, Cat?
    Here’s an old fashioned term–spare me!
    Debbie

  • vcbt

    Mario Lopez was a good choice, but the Kardashian…

  • Ann

    Loved, loved, loved Khloe!!!!!!

  • ben

    mario is fine better than that british guy but the kardashian has to go

  • Ellen

    There is no Kardashian alive with even an ounce of talent. The worst one the bunch is the mother who created these monsters. They are all legends in their own minds. Please save us from these money-hungry, materialistic, superficial no-talents. The media is as much to blame for keeping these unworthy people constantly in the news, all in the name the almighty dollar.

  • katieruby

    i love khloe and mario great pair

  • Decker

    Between the two host, annoying announcer, and constantly screaming crowd, I definitely needed a couple drinks to get through it. Send the announcer back to Family Double Dare, tell the Kardashian chic show was canceled, and get Mario to stop smiling so damn much. This is a Primetime Network show, not a Spanish Gameshow!

  • hitair

    M Lopez is a great one. But when khloe talked, the family and I just fast forwarded the program. She’s terrible….