Simon Cowell: Khloe Kardashian Is 'In The Frame' To Host The X Factor

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"The X Factor" Season 2 premieres tonight -- without a host -- but showrunner Simon Cowell says the casting decision is nearing finality.

"We're getting close. I think I know the two people it's going to be now," Simon told Access Hollywood at "The X Factor" Season 2 premiere party in Los Angeles on Tuesday, when asked when the new host/hosts will be revealed. "But, everyone's got an input."

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The music mogul did confirm that there will be two hosts, as originally planned for last season (there were supposed to be two hosts for the FOX reality competition - Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger -- but Steve was forced to fly solo after Nicole was promoted to judge to replace Cheryl Cole).

"It's going to be a boy and a girl," he told Access.

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Reality star Khloe Kardashian has been rumored to be a frontrunner for the show's female hosting spot, and Simon admitted the 28-year-old is definitely in the running.

"[Khloe] is in the frame, you know?" he said. "But, you know, everyone's got an opinion. We're going to find out."

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As for his ratings hopes (the Brit famously declared Season 1 premiere would pull in 20 million viewers - it fell 7.5 million short of his prediction), Simon said he'll be happy with any number that is "more than" NBC's reality singing competition, "The Voice."

Watch the Season 2 premiere of "The X Factor" - with new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato - tonight and Thursday at 8/7c on FOX.

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