- - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom are officially joining “The X Factor.”

After weeks of speculation, Fox announced Tuesday that the “Extra” host and the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” co-star will indeed host the second season of the talent competition. Mr. Lopez and Mrs. Odom will first appear as hosts during the show’s live broadcasts next month, the network said.

“The worst-kept secret in Hollywood is out,” said “The X Factor” creator and judge Simon Cowell in a statement. “Mario and Khloe are our hosts. They will debut on our first live show in November, and I couldn’t be happier.”

British television personality Steve Jones served as the sole host for the first season of the U.S. edition of the show.

The addition of Mr. Lopez and Mrs. Odom is the latest shift for the underperforming singing contest. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joined Mr. Cowell and L.A. Reid on “The X Factor” judging panel at the start of the second season. The pair replaced Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

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“I’m very excited to be joining 'The X Factor' team,” said Mr. Lopez, who also has hosted MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” for the past seven seasons. “I love the show, and I’ve been a big fan of Simon Cowell and the judges for a long time. Khloe and I have been friends for years, and I know we’ll be a great team and have a blast.”

The current second season of “X Factor” is earning solid ratings for Fox, but NBC’s “The Voice” continues to perform better. Last week, 12.55 million people watched “The Voice,” while “The X Factor” was seen by 9.71 million, according to the Nielsen Co.

‘Bachelorette’ Maynard breaks off engagement

Televised dating might not be the right fit for Emily Maynard.

The single mom’s second turn on ABC’s “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” series has ended in a broken engagement.

After weeks of rumors, Ms. Maynard and Jef Holm confirmed their split to People.com on Tuesday. Ms. Maynard described it as “a very difficult and heartbreaking decision.”

Ms. Maynard competed on the 15th season of “The Bachelor” where she accepted Brad Womack’s proposal in the season finale. They, too, broke up a few months later.

Earlier this month, former “Bachelor” Ben Flajnik and fiancee, model Courtney Robertson, also broke up.

Two “Bachelor”-related couples are celebrating some good news, though. Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum’s televised wedding special will air on ABC in December, while Jason and Molly Mesnick are expecting their first child together.

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