demi ovato kevin mchale teen choice 2012 'X Factor host' shortlist includes Khloe Kardashian, Kevin McHale, Mario Lopez and Kevin JonasEven though “The X Factor” returns this week with judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid, the hunt is still on for a male and female hosting duo to replace season one’s Steve Jones.

According to E! online, the short list has been narrowed to seven or eight contenders. Top guys in the running include previously speculated “Glee” co-star Kevin McHale (who recently co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards with Lovato), along with “High School Musical’s” Corbin Bleu, Kevin Jonas and Mario Lopez.

On the female side, the top contender seems to be Khloe Kardashian Odom, but Rocsi Diaz (BET’s “106 & Park”) and swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen are also in the mix.

A decision is expected sometime in the next week or so. In the mean time, we want to know what you think.

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