The Top 16 finalists on the Fox Television singing competition took their acts live Wednesday evening on the “X Factor” stage in the last round where the judges would have the only say. Viewers of the show also met the new hosts, Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian, for the first time. And while there were some particularly good performances from the contestants, the night became memorable due to the host Khloe’s very apparent elimination of a bra from her outfit.
And if her protruding nipples had gone unnoticed by the live audience and television viewers (doubtful) for a few minutes, there was no getting around them once Judge Simon Cowell alluded to the reality show star’s wardrobe.
To say the least, both hosts were dressed impeccably — Mario in a three piece gray suit with black shirt, Khloe with an attractive knee-length black skirt and a purple plunging-necklined blouse. But there were a couple of outgoing points on Khloe’s just-sheer-enough-to-see-through blouse that begged for attention and Simon simply acknowledged them.
“You’re looking very sexy tonight,” he said with a sly smile on his face.
Khloe replied that she thought Simon was flirting with her.
“I think the air conditioning’s on high tonight,” he went on, laughing. “It’s very distracting!”
And perhaps that is part of the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star’s plan — to keep Simon Cowell, who is the creator and one of the producers of “X Factor,” distracted long enough to get good at her hosting position. She told “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show just two weeks ago that she would be willing to sit on complete stranger (at the time) Simon’s lap to keep her job (one for which she admitted she was unprepared). She also admitted that her greatest fear was saying something worthy of getting fired.
The Kardashian sister did rather well at her hosting position, despite some expectations that she might flounder. In what looked to be an astute move, she let co-host Mario Lopez, who has hosted several reality shows and television events, do most of the night’s talking. But given Khloe’s unbridled reputation on her other shows, she probably won’t be restrained long. And that might be alright, once she’s comfortable in her new role.
Still, she made no serious blunders, and seemed to scored big with the boss…
Some, like Access Hollywood, called the distraction a wardrobe malfunction, but Khloe Kardashian knows wardrobe malfunctions (she even called it “nip action” in a Twitter post). She had an extended reveal of one of her breasts on “Fox & Friends” last year. So going braless on “X Factor” most likely doesn’t qualify and just might be wishful thinking on some reporters’ parts.
But it isn’t as if her somewhat exhibitionistic family hasn’t been making the news via body parts are are usually kept covered. Sister Kim recently set the Internet on fire by going out to dinner with boyfriend Kanye West in Miami without any underwear on — in a see-through skirt. Just days later, clan mother Kris Jenner posted a double nip-slip of herself in a Wonder Woman costume on Twitter. Although Jenner quickly removed the double nipple reveal, the photo still went viral, thanks mostly to its forwarding by her daughter, Khloe
Co-host Mario didn’t go without his “distracting” moment, either. After performing, Top 16 contestant Jason Brock asked if he could pinch the emcee’s butt. Without missing a beat, Mario told him to keep it PG-13.
So, was Khloe Kardashian’s sheer purple points too distracting for anyone to notice she was good at her job? Or was it just the right amount of sexy and wouldn’t have been a big deal had Simon not brought it up?
“X Factor” returns for the results of the Top 16 elimination round Thursday night at 8 p.m. EST on Fox Television. We shall see if host Khloe Kardashian makes a bid at scoring a couple more points for Team Distraction.