The Fox singing competition will be back ‘stronger and better than ever,’ says Mario Lopez, who will be co-hosting alone next season.
Sorry, X Factor fans, but you’ve seen Khloe Kardashian‘s nipples for the last time. Fox announced April 22 that the youngest Kardashian sister will not be returning as Mario Lopez‘s co-host for the show’s upcoming third season; the former Saved By The Bell star will fly solo.
“I’m looking forward to returning to The X Factor team,” Mario said in a statement. “We’re coming back stronger and better than ever and I’m excited to check out all the new talent.”
Simon Cowell also expressed his excitement about Mario sticking with the show, though he made no mention of the exiting Kardashian.
“I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of The X Factor,” Simon said. “Hosting a live show and keeping the judges – especially Demi – in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”
‘X Factor’ Season 3 Judges
So far, Simon and Demi Lovato are the only judges confirmed to be appearing on The X Factor‘s upcoming third season. Both Britney Spears and L.A. Reid have decided not to continue with the show, leaving two empty seats on the judges’ panel.
So who will fill them?
We also recently caught up with X Factor finalists Wesley Stromberg, 19, Keaton Stromberg, 16, and Drew Chadwick, 20 — better known as Emblem3 — for their celebrity of choice. And after (I think) jokingly suggesting Ronald McDonald, the boys settled on Justin Timberlake.
HollywoodLifers, are you bummed that Khloé is leaving The X Factor? And which two celebs should join the show as judges? Drop a comment with your picks below!
— Andy Swift