Simon Cowell Wants 2 Hosts on ‘The X Factor’


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By Breeanna Hare, CNN

With the likes of LeAnn Rimes and Britney Spears all rumored to be intrigued by the idea of judging on “The X Factor,” it doesn’t look like Simon Cowell is hurting for possibilities.

Cowell wouldn’t confirm or deny the gossip in a talk with reporters Wednesday, but he did say he’s currently exploring his options.

“It’s true to say that a lot more people have entered the frame this year and we really waited to see who was going to contact us before we actually contacted people. We’re in that place right now, which is a good place to be in,” Cowell said. “We will meet a number of people over the next few weeks, mainly to explain to them that this is a big commitment when you do a show like this because of the mentoring aspect.”

What they do know is that they’ll likely add two women to “The X Factor’s” judges panel following the departure of former judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, and they’re also looking to add two new hosts in former host Steve Jones’ place.

“There will be two,” Cowell said. “What we’ve learned on the show is, you’ve got so much information to relay as one person, it’s impossible to have one person doing a hosting job. You’ve got to give out so much information now, they’re like newscasters, these hosts. It’s a much bigger role, [and] I think there’s a fun way to do it with two people. I always wanted a boy and a girl to host the show, and I think it’s going to happen now.”

— CNN’s Henry Hanks contributed to this report.

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