‘X Factor’s’ Simon Cowell hiring two hosts, talks ‘winner sing off’

Major changes are coming

Now that Simon Cowell has cleaned house with ‘The X Factor’ he is on the hunt for two hosts instead of one, because clearly the problem was the number of hosts and not Steve Jones.

Cowell spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his plans for the ‘X Factor’ replacement hosts and said that he wants to have a woman and a man hosting the show.  He said;

“I always wanted a boy and girl and I think that’s going to happen now.”

As for the two replacement judges there’s been rumors that Janet Jackson and Fergie from the ‘Black Eyed Peas’ might be in talks with Cowell to join the show, but at this time nothing has been confirmed.   He said;

“There’s a load of speculation, some true some not true… there are a lot more people have entered the frame this year. We waited to see who would contact us before we contacted people. We will meet a number of people over the next few weeks. But I can’t confirm or deny any of these rumors at the moment.”

One person that the ‘X Factor’ would’ve considered filling a spot on the judging panel was Whitney Houston.  L.A. Reid said;

“We love Whitney and we would have certainly considered it, but the truth is it never quite came to that. There was an entrance there, but we never actually had meetings about it. But, again, we’re both huge fans and we’re sad about the loss. But we didn’t really get that far.”

Recently Cowell posted an idea on his Twitter account which would pit the winners from ‘American Idol’, ‘The X Factor’ and ‘The Voice’ against each other in an ultimate sing off.  ‘American Idol’s’ Nigel Lythgoe shot down the idea, saying that Idol produces superstars that sell records and have no need to compete further, while the winner of ‘The Voice’ Javier Colon said he would be interested in an idea like that.  Cowell responded to the negative criticism he received about his idea and said;

“I was disappointed with the reaction back from the other two shows. They bottled it. I like the idea of superfinals and I thought it was something different. We’re still up for it. Maybe we’ll just have to compete in the Grammys moving forward.”

One of the most controversial moments of ‘The X Factor’ was when Rachel Crow was sent home after a sing off between her and Marcus Canty when Nicole Scherzinger let the voting go to deadlock instead of choosing who the better singer was.  Cowell said that they will keep the sing off in place for season two, saying;

“Essentially this sing-off was really intended to save somebody who should stay in the competition but just had a bad night. Unfortunately it didn’t work according to plan, especially with Rachel… I think it’s important we retain this because it adds a bit of drama to the results show — we call it the Jennifer Hudson Save — she would have remained on Idol, probably, had it been in place.”

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