*It’s a wrap for Khloe Kardashian on “The X Factor”
Fox has confirmed that the reality star, who came to the show with no TV hosting experience, will not be co-hosting with Mario Lopez next season.
“Khloe Kardashian will not be returning to co-host The X Factor,” said the show’s producers in a statement. “We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
Judge Simon Cowell stated, “I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of ‘The X Factor.’ Hosting a live show and keeping the judges – especially Demi [Lovato] – in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”
It is unclear if Lopez will be hosting solo. So far, Cowell and Lovato are coming back to judge contestants for season three. Britney Spears exited the show in January and L.A. Reid bailed in December.
Producer L.A. Reid and season 2 winner Tate Stevens celebrate at Fox’s “The X Factor” Season Finale – Night 2 at CBS Televison City on December 20, 2012 in Los Angeles
*L.A. Reid ended his “X Factor” stint with a victory on Thursday.
“You know I cried tonight. I was in tears,” said the longtime music exec of his over-25 team member Tate Stevens. The 37-year-old country crooner from Raymore, MO bested Simon Cowell’s girl group Fifth Harmony and Britney Spears’Carly Rose Sonenclar to become the Season 2 champ.
“I don’t have a happy dance, but it’s happening in my head, along with this big collage of emotions that are going on,” Reid told us immediately after the live broadcast in Los Angeles.
Below, Reid, who announced that he would not return to the FOX show next season, says even a win for his protégé won’t change his mind about leaving.
*As Antonio L.A. Reid prepares to make his final appearance on “The X Factor” tonight, the longtime music executive – responsible for cultivating such talent as Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Usher – says he’s facing the end of this chapter with lots of excitement toward the next.
“It’s funny, when you work hard, sometimes you gain more energy,” he told us backstage after last night’s final performance show. “I’m feeling really upbeat and very energetic right now, really happy with the performances, really happy with how I feel Tate has done – it feels good.”
Tate Stevens, a 37-year-old country singer from the Midwest, was the last “over 30” standing among Reid’s team and sits in the top three with Britney Spears’ 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar and Simon Cowell’s girl group formed on the show, Fifth Harmony.
“To watch all of them, first of all, is a really prideful moment for the show,” said Reid. “For Tate Stevens, I just thought he was amazing. And having Little Big Town come up and perform with him, it was like the perfect endorsement because they’re authentic, true-to-life country stars. I think the whole thing was just great.”
Reid last week announced that he would not be returning for the show’s season 4, preferring instead to focus on his day job of running Epic Records. As previously reported, he will be honored on Feb. 9 for his contributions to the music industry at the annual Pre-Grammy Gala held by Clive Davis and the Recording Academy.
Below, Reid, tells us what it means to be given the event’s prestigious “President’s Merit Award,” joining such past recipients as Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Richard Branson,Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy,Doug Morris and Mo Ostin.
Below, “The X Factor” began Wednesday’s final performance show with Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” as a tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
*“The X Factor’s” Astro, aka Brian Bradley, posted a photo of himself and producer Pharrell Williams from the recording studio on his Facebook page, along with the message, “Me and the man himself, Skateboard P. Better known as Pharrell.”
Astro’s “X Factor” mentor, Epic Records exec L.A. Reid, told reporters recently that the youngster is in Miami hard at work on his debut album with several producers, including Pharrell.
Since the show ended, Astro has also been featured on Cher Lloyd’s “Want You Back” and appeared on CBS’ freshman drama, “Person of Interest.”
Reid also signed “X Factor performers Marcus Canty and Chris Rene. Rene recently released a streaming studio version of his original song, “Young Homie,” ahead of its iTunes release. And Canty tweeted that his first single, “Won’t Make A Fool of You,” will hit iTunes next week.
*Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, best known as the producer of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” has signed on as executive song producer for the forthcoming animated movie “Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
This will mark his second foray into film. Last year, he served as executive music consultant on “Burlesque.”
The 3D/CGI feature by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment comes from the creators of “Despicable Me” and stars Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms and Taylor Swift. Stewart has co-written the movie’s single with composer John Powell, screenwriter Cinco Paul as well as Ester Dean, who appears on Nicki Minaj’s “Superbass.”
“I’m a big kid and I have a 15-month-old daughter so I’m constantly listening to sounds at home and watching what intrigues a child mentally or visually,” Stewart tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And I love Dr. Seuss. That hat had mad swag.”
Stewart, meanwhile, recently joined Epic Records as its new president of A&R. Label chairman and “X Factor” judge L.A. Reid recruited Stewart, who will have an expanded role that includes production duties (he won’t return to “American Idol,” however, where he was one of several producers brought on by Interscope head Jimmy Iovine to work with season 10 finalists). His brother Mark Stewart is also coming on board EVP of A&R Operations and the department has further plans to staff up.
“This is the job that I’ve always done, it’s just the first time somebody wanted to pay me a whole lot of money to do it,” says Stewart. “We’re in the process of putting together an all-star team that’s going to make us the best record company in the world.”
*Santa Cruz garbage man turned “X Factor” third-place finisher Chris Rene, who charmed audience with his original audition song “Young Homie,” has signed a deal with Epic Records, where he’ll work under his “Factor” mentor, Epic boss L.A. Reid.
“I’ve dreamt about this moment my whole life,” Rene told Entertainment Weekly. “And now its here. Working with L.A. Reid — ‘Big Homie’ — is a dream come true; he’s a great man.”
Rene will be label mates with another “Factor” finalist, fourth-placer Astro, the teen rapper who revealed to MTV News on Tuesday that he would also be teaming with Reid at Epic.
One of the high points of Rene’s run on the show was during Michael Jackson week, when he shared the story of how his grandfather, Leon Rene, wrote the Jackson 5 hit “Rockin’ Robin” and stared the first black-owned R&B label on the West Coast.