Simon Cowell Slams 'The Voice,' Confirms Khloe Kardashian Frontrunner For Hosting Gig

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Sep. 11 2012, Published 6:30 a.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - News Editor

Simon Cowell has confirmed that Khloe Kardashian is a frontrunner for the hosting gig on The X Factor and has the video.

Simon appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with fellow judge Britney Spears on Tuesday and expressed his bitterness at rival talent show The Voice, adding a third show to their premiere week to compete directly with The X Factor's premiere calling it a "spoiling tactic."

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"We had the schedule set for months. They were going to go Monday, Tuesday. We were going to go Wednesday, Thursday. And, then they waited to the last second to announce that they were going to book a third show up against our premiere because they wanted to spoil our premiere," Simon said.

"I think what happened was…I know what happened is, they got wind of how good our first episode is. Britney, I have to say is amazing, as is Demi. And they have done this because they don’t want people to see them on the show. My gut feeling is that it is going to backfire on them because you don’t mess with the audience."

Speaking of Britney being great, the former Mouseketeer admits she was nervous to judge complete strangers but thinks her constructive criticism is key.

"I used constructive criticism. I learned from the best," she said, pointing to Simon. "He’s a little harsh. He can be a little harsh."

Simon reveals the show has screen tested "a load of people" for the new hosting position on the show but admits "it could be a Kardashian."

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"I think that would work. I'm quite a fan of not putting hosts on this show. Because I think it’s going to give it a different dynamic," Simon said.

"So we have to find people who have a great chemistry but Khloe is definitely up there in running."

As first reported, Simon isn't Khloe's only fan on the show. Judge Demi Lovato is great friends with Khloe and would love for the two of them to be on the hit Fox show together.

"Demi was so excited when she heard Khloe was one of the names in talks for the job," an insider told

"She really wants her to be the host because Khloe is one of her best friends and she thinks it'd be so cool if they were working on X Factor together."

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