'The X Factor' Roundup: Khloe Kardashian Close to Hosting, Simon Cowell Teams Up with Will.i.am
'The X Factor' Roundup: Khloe Kardashian Close to Hosting, Simon Cowell Teams Up with Will.i.am
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
It seems that The X Factor will soon be making room for a new host as the show's second season heads to boot camp. It also appears that Simon Cowell is cooking up yet another talent series. Check out this week's roundup to find out more.

Khloe Kardashian as the New Host?

While rumors about Khloe Kardashian joining The X Factor have already been reported before, insiders have told Hollywood Life that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is very close to inking the deal. "Khloe will be in tons of meetings this week as Lamar [Odom] is now knee-deep in training camp and will also be going to Vegas and China within the next two weeks for the Clippers. So Khloe has plenty of time for business as her lawyers, people from E!, and executives at The X Factor will try to make it happen and get all the specifics hashed out. There is less than a three percent chance that it doesn't get settled and worked out this week."

If the casting rumors are true, Kardashian, however, would reportedly be sharing hosting duties with Mario Lopez, who is also currently the host of Extra!  "They want Mario Lopez on the show as well, so they can make sure a host is available at all times if Khloe has to be elsewhere for her E! duties," the source said.

Simon Cowell To Launch Talent Series with Will.i.am

The Sun reports that Simon Cowell and  Black Eyed Peasstar Will.i.am recently met for a "hush hush dinner" in Los Angeles to talk about their upcoming talent series for technology entrepreneurs. "We're working on a project called X Factor for tech," the rapper told The Sun. "And it's going to be out of this world." Both Cowell and Will.i.am have previously shown interest in the field of technology. Back in 2006, Will.i.am donated money to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in Los Angeles. Cowell, on the other hand, produced the reality show American Inventors, which ran on ABC from March 2006 to August 2007.

Meanwhile, Cowell has also canceled his planned talent show with Jada Pinkett Smith. Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Smith's production company Overbook Entertainment were supposed to team up and create TV series that aims to find the next superstar DJ. "As soon as I met Jada and Miguel [her associate]... I knew they would be our ideal partners... DJs are the new rock stars. It feels like the right time to make this show," Cowell said earlier this year. According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, both parties decided to scrap the project after not seeing eye to eye on who would get top credits on the show.

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