July 12, 2012 10:00 AM by Gina Hall
Rumors were flying earlier this week that Khloe Kardashian was the frontrunner in the X Factor host auditions. But now rumors are flying in another direction — has Kelly Osbourne usurped Khole for possible X Factor fame?
Perez Hilton is reporting that Kelly Osbourne is now the leading contender to host the X Factor. Apparently she is FOX’s top choice and they hope that they can strike a deal with the former “The Osbournes” star.
A source inside the show is quoted as saying that, “Everyone loved Khloe, but honestly, she doesn’t have enough hosting experience. Kelly, on the other hand, is pretty well-versed. Production is definitely leaning toward Kelly.”
Other rumored finalists include Mario Lopez and George Clooney girlfriend, Stacy Keibler. A source told E! News that ”They’re doing the auditions without a host so it’s no big deal they don’t have hosts right now…Simon really wants to take his time. The two person thing didn’t work out the first time and he wants to make sure it works this time.”
Kelly does have quite a bit of hosting experience including red carpet Oscar coverage. But does she have the X Factor? Well, she also has “Fashion Police” and “Project Catwalk” under her belt and she’s released two albums, Shut Up and Sleeping in the Nothing.
It’s definitely a tough gig, the original host, Steve Jones, was kicked to the curb after just one season as were judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.
Kelly would join the stellar cast of join Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell on the show. Does Kelly have enough star power to match the judges? We’ll find out soon enough!
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