With less than a week until The X Factor returns for its second season, you'd think Fox would have a host lined up to take over for Steve Jones already. Alas, nothing official has been confirmed as of yet, but word is, a certain Kardashian has the lead in the race for the job.

Steve Jones not returning to host the Fox singing competition for its second season is old news, much in the way Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger are not returning to judge. But their empty seats have long since been filled by Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. Jones shoes have yet to be filled. Khloe Kardashian was among the people rumored to be in the running, and TMZ's latest update says she did a screen test for the part, which apparently went well. Their source says "There's at least an 85% chance she'll get the job."

Of all the Kardashians, I'd say Khloe is the one with the kind of charisma to handle a role like this. But that's of the Kardashians. Whether or not she has what it takes to handle hosting live episodes, which includes breaking bad news to contestants and wrangling in the judges when they get too chatty, we can only guess. As an optimist, I'd speculate that she could very well surprise us.

As mentioned, this isn't confirmed, but with The X Factor set to bow next week (Wednesday, Sept 12 at 8:00 p.m.), even if they don't need the host (or hosts) until the live portion of the show kicks off, they might want to have the host (or hosts) lined up before the premiere.

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