EXCLUSIVE: Simon Cowell and Fox may be looking to shake things up in the on-air department of the upcoming reality series X Factor. I hear pop star Enrique Iglesias has been approached to star on the singing competition series. But in an interesting twist, I hear he is being courted to be the host of the show.
Having a music superstar as host would certainly set X Factor apart from the other reality series, which are fronted predominantly by TV and radio hosts/presenters. That includes Fox’s American Idol (Ryan Seacrest), ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (Tom Bergeron) and NBC upcoming The Voice (Carson Daly). Coincidentally, Cowell also took a more unusual approach on his NBC talent series America’s Got Talent, tapping actor-comedian Nick Cannon as host.
As for Iglesias, I hear he may be more open to a judging than hosting gig on X Factor. But, with his latest album Euphoria doing well and his most recent single, Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You), peaking at #1 on the US Pop Songs Chart earlier this month, he is reportedly leaning towards sticking with his music career full-time.
Iglesias has crossed paths with Cowell before. While promoting Euphoria, he performed on the British X Factor last year. He has also doubled into acting, including a role in the movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico and guest sports on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. Additionally, he has served as a guest co-host on Live with Regis and Kelly.
No host or judges have been locked in yet for X Factor, which starts auditions on March 27. Cowell has been discussing names reportedly in the mix for judges, including Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, Jessica Simpson, George Michael, Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole.