Lopez first joined THE X FACTOR last season as a host. He began his career in entertainment as a young actor and has appeared in TV, film and on Broadway. He currently hosts the entertainment news magazine show, Extra.
“I'm looking forward to returning to THE X FACTOR team,” said Lopez. “We're coming back stronger and better than ever and I'm excited to check out all the new talent.”
“I'm thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of THE X FACTOR,” said Simon Cowell. “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 for Season Three of THE X FACTOR continue in Long Island, NY, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25; and in Denver, CO, at the Denver Coliseum on May 14. For details, please visit www.TheXFactorUSA.com.
Last season, Tate Stevens was crowned THE X FACTOR Season Two winner and was awarded a recording contract, as well as production and creative support to develop, create, record and shoot his first original track and music video. Tate's video debuted as a Pepsi commercial during the live telecast of the “55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®,” and he recently released his first single, “Power of a Love Song.” His self-titled debut album will be released on April 23, 2013.