Mario Lopez is returning as host of The X Factor! We're excited to see the Mexican-American hottie grace our TV screens once again for Simon Cowell's music competition. The news was confirmed yesterday that Khloe Kardashian will not be returning to the show as co-host. "I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of The X Factor,” Cowell said recently. "Hosting a live show and keeping the judges – especially Demi – in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”
But of course Lopez is a pro - after all, the now 39-year-old star has been practicing his hosting craft for years. Find out all the shows Lopez has hosted over the years below. Do you think you know them all?
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We still referred to him as A.C. Slater from Saved By The Bell when the fresh-faced hunk took us for a ride on NBC’s reality series, Name Your Adventure. The show was all about making a teen’s dream come true as producers would send Mario knocking on a lucky contestant’s door to jumpstart their career aventura. We wish he rang our bell!
Mario joined the male version of The View as a co-host for NBC's The Other Half. The fellas, also including, Dick Clark, Danny Bonaduce and Dorian Gregory, dished on everything from love and relationships to pop headlines. Although the show was canceled due to poor ratings, he was the cutie we loved to watch!
Besides Mario being in the running as Kelly Ripa's co-host replacement for Regis Philbin on ABC's Live!, he guest hosted with the morning show star back in 2007. These two had major chemistry!
Mario co-hosted The Dating Factory along with Carmen Palumbo for the former Si TV network. The show split up "Hotties" and "Playas" into separate teams and had them compete for their one true love – or at least their perfect match in front of the cameras.
MTV's interactive talent competition Top Pop Group aired its finale just four weeks after its first episode premiered. Sure, it was short-lived, but Mario was still as fly as ever on the show!
There she is...Miss America! Lopez hosted the annual pageant and helped crown the winner in 2007, 2008, and 2010. Talk about a winning gig!
Besides the fab dancers competing for $100,000, we tuned in to watch ABDC to catch Mario's signature dimples and encouraging interviews with the dance crews. If only he would have gotten on the dance floor for some B-Boy moves!
2008 to Present
Who doesn't catch Mario in action at The Grove for their Extra dose of Hollywood? The 39-year-old host has interviewed everyone from The Kardashians to William Levy - and we wouldn't want it any other way!
The veteran host joined Fox's The X Factor during its second season. Fans tune-in twice a week to watch Mario share the stage with reality television star Khloe Kardashian. We wonder how much these two are making on the payroll...