When Khloe Kardashian sat on Simon Cowell's lap on "X Factor," was it a sign that her position as host was in jeopardy?
Her debut on the "X Factor" was a bit rocky as she gave America a double-breasted eyeful that even producer and judge Simon Cowell took time to point out. But a sheer blouse wasn't distraction enough to obscure Khloe Kardashian's glaring inability to emcee a live show. Her numerous verbal stumbles and lack of training were obvious, but it wasn't as if anyone expected the reality show celebrity to not make a few errors on her first few shows. They just didn't expect her to continue to make them throughout the season. Given that her performance didn't seem to improve, it now must be asked: Will Simon send Khloe packing just like he did Steve Jones at the end of Season 1?
Just to list a few of the factors that might get the younger Kardashian relegated to just doing her reality shows with her sisters (and husband, Lamar Odom) again:
Limited vocabulary: Khloe had a habit of asking the same question again and again. The redundancy became heavy, pulling the viewer away from the finalists' answers. She asked "How do you feel right now?" and "What's going through your head?" at least three times each during the last several shows. And it isn't that she repeated herself during the two-hour and one-hour shows, but that she repeated the same line a couple times each show.
Shouting: You don't have to shout when you have a microphone unless you are truly excited. Khloe had a voice modulation problem throughout the season.
Cadence: At times, Khloe, possibly in an effort to make the moment seem more dramatic, would space her words with emphasis, making a ten word sentence stand out because of the unnecessary spacing. Knowing when to use a cadenced delivery and when not to would be a good skill for her to learn.
Verbal fails: The last show was littered with Khloe tossing in nonsensical words a few times or truncating sentences suddenly. The season was a never-ending killing field for the English language when it should have been a virtual walk in the park with the reading of cue cards and teleprompters.
Awful interview skills: Even with her limited repertoire of questions for the contestants, Khloe might have gotten through speaking with the finalists on stage and backstage if she had found a way to get rid of one really bad habit. She constantly took the microphone away from the speaker while they were still talking, sometimes appearing as if she wasn't even listening to the speaker. A few times during the season, she even pointed the microphone away from herself before she completed her own comment or question.
Those were most of the things the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star that could very well ensure she won't be standing alongside the polished and professional Mario Lopez for Season 3. As for Mario's professionalism, there was a bit of a controversy after the first live performance show when some thought that the co-host had stolen several of Khloe's lines ("stepped on" her lines, as the saying goes). It was later discovered that it wasn't Mario being callous, rude, or even a line-hog. His teleprompter was giving him information to read and he was simply doing his job. Producers admitted to a glitch in feeding the right lines to the right person.
Still, by season's end, Mario was vocally dominating the on-air dialogue. Of course, by season's end, producers undoubtedly had had enough of Khloe's clumsiness with spoken language. Because if there was one thing that was a constant on the live shows besides Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar giving great performances and always being in the Top 2 throughout the season, it was that Khloe Kardashian would find ways to call attention to her hosting ineptitude.
She told Ryan Seacrest, host of "American Idol," on his radio show prior to going on stage for the first time on "X Factor" that her biggest fear was saying something that would get her fired. She also said that if things got too bad, she would sit in Simon's lap to keep her job.
She caused the 53-year-old Englishman to go a nice shade of red on the Top 10 performance show by doing just that -- sitting on Simon's lap, that is. It is as yet unclear whether or not she did so to keep her job or just to unnerve the caustic judge.
But Khloe Kardashian not being around for Season 3 might not have had anything to do with what she said or anything she said in particular during Season 2. It may have everything to do with the way she said it -- all of it.
"X Factor" will return for Season 3 in Fall 2013.
Take Home Message: Some things aren't a "good fit" for a particular person. In this instance, hosting live events does not seem to be Khloe Kardashian's forte. Still, it was an opportunity the young woman must have been delighted to exploit. At the same time, although "X Factor" producer Simon Cowell had wanted a host that was both recognizable and perhaps with the potential for controversy, he seems to have gotten someone not quite up to the job. Given his history, it is likely he will fire the young woman. He is a businessman, after all. But Khloe should look at the experience as a learning opportunity, no matter her fate on the show. If she stays, she should practice to become better at delivery and reading prompters. If she goes, she knows she has limitations and might want to steer toward future endeavors where she can be more extemporaneous (something that seems to work well for her on the reality shows in which she appears).
(photo credit: Eva Rinaldi, Creative Commons)
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