stacy-keibler-mario-lopez-khloe-kardashian-x-factor-host-contenders.jpgThe hoopla surrounding “The X Factor” going into its second season has been all about its new pair of judges, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. But the show is also looking for new hosts, and the field appears to be narrowing.

Series creator and judge Simon Cowell said in a recent chat with reporters that he wants two hosts, a man and a woman, and that he’s taking his time with the search (auditions have been taped without a host backstage). He also said he’s “narrowed it down to five people.”

According to a couple of reports, though, about twice that many people may be in contention. Both EW and E! Online cite Mario Lopez and Stacy Keibler as contenders. EW also says Rocsi Diaz of BET’s “106 & Park,” comedian Stevie Ryan (VH1’s “Stevie TV”) and “Vampire Diaries” actress Kat Graham are in the mix.

Meanwhile, E! says two of its own — Khloe Kardashian Odom and Kelly Osbourne — have been mentioned, along with Diaz’s “106 & Park” co-host Terrence J, sportscaster Erin Andrews (who just moved from ESPN to Fox Sports) and radio host/”Dancing With the Stars” alum Mike Catherwood.

“The X Factor” initially planned to have two hosts last season: Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones. When Scherzinger moved to the judges’ table in place of Cheryl Cole, Jones hosted the show solo.

Posted by:Rick Porter