‘The X Factor’ notes: Stacy Keibler rumors, One Direction interview

Here’s some new scoop.

We have a pair of “X Factor“-related stories to get you through the Monday blues — and while both are set in America, one features some stars that first made it big on the British version of the show.

Is Stacy hosting? – After the Steve Jones debacle from last season (“hug me immediately!”), Simon Cowell has already said that he wants to bring on more of an American presence for this coming season, in addition to a pair of people (in a man and a woman) to take on the hosting job. The twist? These people don’t necessarily have to have a hosting background.

So with all of this information in mind, doesn’t Stacy Keibler fit the bill? Her relationship with George Clooney makes her a popular get at the moment, and she does have experience in a live environment thanks to both the WWE and her time on “Dancing with the Stars.”

In the context of the Britney Spears rumors, here is what a source told the New York Post about the possibility of Stacy joining the show:

“Talks are still ongoing with Britney, and she is asking for a lot more money, than was originally offered. But producers are confident Britney will realize this is a great opportunity for her to reinvent herself and accept their deal.

“Stacy Keibler is also in talks to join the show, but her lack of experience in the music business may make her more appropriate as a host. She looks fantastic and has bags of charisma.”

So could this work? Admittedly, we’re torn. We think that Keibler is certainly energetic and talented enough, but the show really need someone to be witty and quick on their feet similar to a Ryan Seacrest or Cat Deeley. While Keibler may prove to be that, she’s also an unknown commodity since her past gigs did not require her to move the show along and potentially keep the judges from blabbing until the end of time.

The One Direction boys chat with Ryan Seacrest – While teenage girls have been blushing about One Direction for over a year now, American audiences are just now starting to get their first taste of the boy band thanks to a promotional tour for their album “Up All Night.”

This tour took them to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Monday, where they each engaged in an interview stuffed mostly with questions about “The X Factor,” working with Simon Cowell, and how three of them are currently single. In other words, this interview probably does not tell diehard fans anything new, but it is still worth watching for the off-the-wall comedy that Ryan producers when talking with people he has never met over the phone.

What do you think about the idea of Stacy as an “X Factor” co-host?

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