‘X Factor,’ Striving to Distinguish Itself From ‘American Idol,’ Reveals Plan to Have Two Hosts … Wait a Minute, Isn’t That How ‘Idol’ Started Out?

Apr 7, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Simon Cowell’s upcoming Fox singing competition show “The X Factor’–which he has repeatedly said will not be like “American Idol”–has taken a step apparently designed to help distinguish it from “Idol,” revealing that the show will have two hosts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

One minor problem: “Idol” also originally had two hosts, Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman. Dunkleman left the show after the first season.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of “X Factor” producer FremantleMedia North America, revealed the dual-host plan Wednesday, the story says. She added that producers are determined to make the show look very different from Fox’s "American Idol."

“Our job is to make sure the two shows are as distinct as possible,” she told the publication. “For example: We’re making sure there are two entirely different teams with no overlap in terms of individuals who are working on both shows. And from a format and tonal standpoint, they’re very different. In terms of casting the judges, again, we’re making sure the looks are different. And I can reveal that we’ll have two hosts on ‘The X Factor.’”

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  1. Is Brian Dunkelman still available?

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