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Ladies man Simon bags himself a Kardashian

LADIES man Simon Cowell has bagged himself a Kardashian.

After weeks of speculation, it was announced that Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Khloe Kardashian Odom will host the second season of the US X Factor.

She will be joined by pal Mario Lopez.

"The worst kept secret in Hollywood is out," said X Factor creator and judge Simon Cowell.

"Mario and Khloe are our hosts. They will debut on our first live show in November, and I couldn't be happier."

Khloe and Mario will first appear as hosts during the show's live broadcasts next month.


Steve Jones served as the sole host for the first season of the US edition of the show.

The addition of Khloe and Mario is the latest shift for the underperforming singing contest.

Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joined Cowell and L.A. Reid on the judging panel at the start of the second season, replacing Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

"I'm very excited to be joining the X Factor team," said Mario, who has also hosted MTV's America's Best Dance Crew.

"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."