X Factor will have two hosts, because the real problem was the number of hosts

The second season of Fox’s The X Factor will have two hosts, as was the plan for the first season until Cheryl Cole was fired and replaced by now-fired host-turned-judge Nicole Scherzinger. As we all know, the real problem with Simon Cowell’s ego trip was that there was just one, now-fired host, Steve Jones.

Cowell told reporters today that he wants two American hosts, and they don’t necessarily need to be people with hosting experience. As the AP reported, “Cowell said he wants to switch to a two-host format that would better suit the show and the amount of information that needs to be explained, entertainingly, to viewers. He didn’t say who might be hired but said they could be people who don’t have ‘host’ on their resume.”

Executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz told TV Guide, “Simon’s vision was always to have a man and woman host this and to make it feel a little bit like an award ceremony — a glamorous girl and a good-looking guy doing a kind of double act.”

If hosting skills don’t really matter and physical appearance is the primary criteria for the hosts, well, you don’t get much better than Steve Jones. And that sounds like really dumb criteria since attractiveness was not his problem, but he got fired anyway. I’m actually looking forward to X Factor this fall, if only because it’s already shaping up to be a mess.

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Marriage At First Sight

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.