Last week, reality star Khloe Kardashian ("Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and numerous spin-offs) debuted alongside Mario Lopez as co-host of "The X Factor." This is the first time that Khloe has undertaken such a project (live television), and the end result was not pretty. Though the critics were not too kind, it is still early, which means that she has some time to improve. If that is the case, and she truly wants to, Khloe should take a look at one of the genre's best hosts, "So You Think You Can Dance's" Cat Deely, for pointers. Here is a short list of what Khloe could learn from Cat.
It's all about the contestantsOne thing that Cat Deeley does well is that she really takes the time to get to know the contestants while showing genuine interest in their well-being. If someone has a great performance, she is shouting along right there with the crowd. If they don't, then she gives them a shoulder to cry on, as well as some words of encouragement. Putting that same amount of focus on the contestants could help Khloe loosen up a bit, and perhaps forget that she is performing in front of millions. That way, she might not appear so stiff and disinterested.
A little humor goes a long wayInstead of the awkward flirting with host Simon Cowell, Khloe could try to inject a bit more of the spirited barbs that Deeley throws around (or for a better example, "Dancing With the Stars" Emmy award-winning host Tom Bergeron) with the judges. Sure she's playing around, but it never feels overly dirty or mean. In fact, Cat's goofy persona is used to perfection, and her occasional self-deprecating remarks make her more relatable. They also help relieve tense moments, such as bad criticism from the judges that results in a booing audience.
She really listensAn important job of any reality host, especially those in the reality competition realm, is to interview hopefuls as they compete. Although they are not speaking, it is vital that the host appear to at least be listening, which is what Cat does. She is not simply a robot who turns on when it is her time to speak; instead, she uses her face and body to show that she is interested in everything that the contestant has to say. If Khloe wants to be one of the greats (or at least on par with Lopez), she needs to start practicing her "listening face" in the mirror.
Do you think Khloe Kardashian can improve?