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Have you been able to keep up with the Kardashians? Well, if talk that Khloe Kardashian may be the next "The X Factor" host is true, the E! darlings will, in fact, remain one step ahead.
Appearing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday, "The X Factor" creator Simon Cowell mulled over potential hosts, and implied that viewers would see more of the third-eldest Kardashian sister by saying, "It could be a Kardashian. I think that would work."
Following Ellen's quip about the host being "a Khloe Kardashian," Cowell maintained that they had "screen tested a load of people," but that "Khloe is definitely up there in running."
And so the plot thickens. Following his disappointment with the lacklustre response to "The X Factor's" first season, Cowell fired his existing host, British TV personality, Steve Jones, along with judges Paula Abdul and The Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger. He also signed on Britney Spears and Demi Levato as judges, who'll join him and L.A. Reid on the (now) star-studded panel. A Kardashian as host could bring even more buzz to a show already competing with the likes of NBC's "The Voice" and FOX's "American Idol" -- both arguably defined by their celebrity judges.
Granted, the second season of "The X Factor" is already surpassing last year's legacy. While "American Idol" breathed new life into Paula Abdul's career, it was her chemistry with Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the series that drew audiences in. Away from the show, the dynamic between Cowell and Abdul couldn't continue -- especially because their third party was missing.
Also, Nicole Scherzinger, while a talented performer, doesn't have the same draw as someone like Britney Spears or even Demi Levato, whose attachment to the youth market helps compete with Christina Aguilera on "The Voice" or Jennifer Lopez on "American Idol." This year, however, appearances on the daytime talk circuit (like "The Ellen DeGeneres Show") are already garnering buzz for "The X Factor," and proving that changing the cast and keeping the host a mystery is maintaining viewer interest.
It's too early to tell whether Khloe will amp up demand for the show, but considering the Kardashian name still garners ratings and magazine covers, it might be the perfect move for the talent series.