“Extra’s” Mario Lopez is headed back to “The X Factor” stage as host of the hit reality show. He joins judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato for Season 3 of the FOX competition series.

Mario Lopez Will Return as 'X Factor' Host
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“I’m looking forward to returning to ‘The X Factor’ team,” he said in a statement. “We’re coming back stronger and better than ever, and I'm excited to check out all the new talent.”

Simon Cowell is “thrilled” with the news and added, “Hosting a live show and keeping the judges – especially Demi – in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”

Open auditions continue in Long Island, NY, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25; and in Denver, CO, at the Denver Coliseum on May 14. For details, please visit TheXFactorUSA.com.

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