After months of rumors and speculation, the official word is in on the hosting situation for Fox's singing competition series The X Factor. Since Steve Jones was let go after Season 1, we were left to wonder who would fill his shoes. We've known for a while now that there would be two hosts set to take the stage for the series' second season, as was originally intended for the show's first season. Rumors that Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez were up for the gig had been circulating and today Fox has made it official.

Fox announced this evening that Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez will host The X Factor side by side beginning in November. The series went without a host through its audition process, and actually did pretty well, filling in the intro and between-audition portions with segments featuring various eager and nervous auditioners preparing to perform. But with the show inching closer toward the big stage as the finalists have been divided by category and set to work with their mentors, it's good to see they've settled on two hosts.

While it may seem like The X Factor was aiming for two vary familiar faces, Lopez and Kardashian may actually prove to be good choices, especially if they click together on screen. Kardashian's known for the fame she's achieved on her E! reality shows Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Khloe and Lamar, so at the very least, she's comfortable being on camera. Meanwhile, since making a name for himself on Saved By the Bell, Mario Lopez has gone on to host on Extra, and also hosted the MTV dance competition series America's Best Dance Crew. Of the two of them, he obviously has more hosting experience, but Kardashian has proven to be friendly and charismatic, so I'm optimistic that they'll be a good match.

We'll see how things go when they make their first appearance next month. In the meantime, here's what's coming up for The X Factor.
Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), when the judges reveal which four acts in each of the four categories – Teens, Young Adults, Groups and Over 25s – continue and which two acts are eliminated. Then, as the “Judges’ Homes” round comes to a close and a new phase of the competition begins, THE X FACTOR returns with special LIVE episodes Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) and on a special night, Sunday, Nov. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

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