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The race for the much-coveted co-hosting spots on FOX’s The X Factor is heating up. And while we’ve heard many names in contention for the job, a few of them have seemed to rise into actual contention.

Glee star Kevin McHale, rock daughter Kelly Osbourne and now Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Khloe Kardashian.

Kardashian, 28, has been reportedly in the running for a while now and she has expressed a desire to take on the job. But, sources tell Us Weekly that she’s a frontrunner.

What are Khloe's chances for the co-hosting gig?

"Simon liked her spunky personality!" a show source tells the magazine.

Another source close to Kardashian adds, "It's not 100 percent contractually done, but it's looking good!"

A FOX spokesperson and Kardashian’s rep had no comment to Celebuzz on the reports that she’s in the running. Yet, Kardashian would fit the criteria The X Factor executive producer and judge Simon Cowell described in a press call earlier this week.

“My gut feeling is we’ll probably go with a boy and a girl who haven’t had any hosting experience, because I think that might make it more interesting,” he said, confirming that he’s looking for two people to fill the role formerly held by British personality Steve Jones on Season 1.

Cowell said that a decision will be made this week after screening many candidates. Though he didn’t give any actual names for those in contention, he said the show has looked at “quite a few people — people who are hosts, people who are actors.”

Why does he think the show needs two hosts going forward? “There is so much talking on these shows now,” Cowell said.

“We’ve worked out — it’s something like 11 or 12 minutes over a two-hour show. It’s just too boring, as Ryan [Seacrest] demonstrated, for one person just to say everything,” he continued with a jab to his former American Idol colleague. “I think you’ve got to mix it up a little bit… and then you’ve got to find people with good chemistry as well. I kind of know what we’re looking for, but that’s why we’ve screen-tested some people.”

Cowell fired host Jones and judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger last January after Season 1’s average of 12 million viewers fell short of expectations. Pop stars Britney Spears and Demi Lovato officially joined judges Cowell and record producer L.A. Reid in May.

The X Factor debuts its second season on Wednesday at 8 PM on FOX.

Do you want to see Khloe with one of the co-hosting spots? Tell us in the comments section below.




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  • kbc

    Please not more kardashians

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  • Aron

    Khloe is an genius choice to host. I kinda can't believe no ones thought to give her a hosting job ALREADY!

  • dumas1000

    There is fatigue out there from Kardashian over-exposure. There would be some pretty significant blowback here if they chose a Kardashian.

  • IVY

    I vote for Kelly Osborne. She has a perfect background for this with her family. I still want Kelly on "Fashion Police."

  • Josette

    How about Lamar? He is a stay at home husband and obviously "retired" from Basketball.

  • Josette

    OMG Please no more Kardashians! It is bad enough that Kris Jenner bought Kim a husband that lasted 72 days. Now we have to see the recepient of the first arranged/purchase marriage of Khloe and Lamar on a really good show. Those tight DASH dresses she spills out of, that plethora of pink lipgloss she piles on, and to top it off, suddenly she is sporting a head band accross her forehead like they did in the 60's. Now there is the matter of the HER voice, and all the baby talk. Let your husband make some the money. He earned enough marrying Khloe and earns enough for playing his part on the "Kardashians."

  • Rhian

    Kelly,the best choice considering she is the daughter of one of the greatest rock legends of all time..Sharon,is a music producer and the family is just fcukin cheeky,

  • MizHollywood

    Khloe doesn't know music. They need to go with someone that knows music!

  • Be

    Khloe would be an amazing host!!! I hope she gets the job :)