Even though the judges of “The X Factor” were set over a month ago, Simon Cowell’s reality juggernaut is still missing something that is clearly essential to making a great show (just ask Steve Jones) — having a great host who can steer the ship while not looking as though they are in a constant state of panic.
So could former ESPN reporter Erin Andrews be a good fit for this role? Her answer is rather interesting. Andrews recently left the ABC family of networks for Fox in a lucrative new sports deal, and speaking to a University of Florida blog entitled Only Gators, she actually suggested that such a job could be on the table:
“We are really interested in trying a bunch of different things. I don’t know where they are with all of that but my goodness, it’s on FOX. I would definitely love to also try to be a judge on So You Think You Can Dance? for one episode, too, because I’m obsessed with that show. We’re really open to a lot of things right now. It doesn’t even really have to be those two shows. There’s just this whole new kind of pot of gold with all these different things that are shining and sparkling. And we’re definitely excited about trying all of them – just sitting and talking to a lot of people. The most important thing for me was getting the sports contract done. I needed to get that done because that is my bread and butter – that’s where I’m most comfortable and that’s where I wanted to be. That was the biggest thing. Now that we’re going to breathe for a couple of days, we’re going to figure out where to go next.”
This answer does help to explain why Andrews ultimately made the decision to leave ESPN — she has long had a desire to try and do other things with her career, and all she managed to break through with over there was a gig at the Scripps National Spelling Bee and some occasional appearances at “Good Morning America.” (She was a cast member on “Dancing with the Stars,” but this is far from a full-time job.) While she has no experience with singing shows at all, there’s no requirement for her to as a host — all she needs to do is be sharp, keep the judges in line, and have a good sense of humor about herself. She does seem qualified enough for the gig, but would be a risky choice coming from the sports world.
Do you think that Erin Andrews could be someone that Fox and Cowell are genuinely considering? Be sure to head over to this link if you want to see the first music video from former “X Factor” star Rachel Crow.