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Was an X-Factor hosting audition part of Erin Andrews’ deal with Fox?

Jul 3, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

Erin Andrews arrives at the 45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville Reuters

Newly-minted Fox Sports sideline reporter/college football show host Erin Andrews just did an interview with Only Gators, a University of Florida news blog, and in it Adam Silverstein came up with a pretty nifty scoop. Down a little way in the Q&A with Andrews was Silverstein’s question about rumors linking Andrews with testing for a spot as host of X-Factor. (That rumor was first reported by SportsByBrooks, by the way).

AS: I’m sure you’ve seen the rumblings and reports about you auditioning for and possibly being a finalist for the hosting job on X Factor. Is that true and where in the process is that at this point?

EA: “We are really interested in trying a bunch of different things. I don’t know where they are with all of that but my goodness, it’s on FOX. I would definitely love to also try to be a judge on So You Think You Can Dance? for one episode, too, because I’m obsessed with that show. We’re really open to a lot of things right now. It doesn’t even really have to be those two shows. There’s just this whole new kind of pot of gold with all these different things that are shining and sparkling. And we’re definitely excited about trying all of them – just sitting and talking to a lot of people. The most important thing for me was getting the sports contract done. I needed to get that done because that is my bread and butter – that’s where I’m most comfortable and that’s where I wanted to be. That was the biggest thing. Now that we’re going to breathe for a couple of days, we’re going to figure out where to go next.”

Andrews has always been looking to take the next step in her entertainment career, and it looks like Fox was able to offer the possibilities that made it finally seem attractive to leave ESPN. Although sitting between Simon Cowell and Britney Spears is not my idea of a dream job. In fact, that has been the theme of several night terrors.

Andrews went on to reveal that she asked Adam Sandler for advice about leaving
ESPN (the two worked together on the movie That’s My Boy). Which I find both hilarious and frightening for some reason.

  1. skids003 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    She will be great at whatever she chooses to do.

  2. tigersgeaux - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    We have to look forward to Erin continuing to conduct her inane interviews of coaches with no research behind it, and asking stupid questions that neophites could ask. Maybe while at LSU next time we can present her with a drink of alphalpha (sprouts that is) to prepare for Coach Miles and his fescue. I would really prefer interviewers who know the game, know the coaches, and not just their names and the rudimentary knowledge that a child knows. Is it too much to ask to have them do some research prior the interviews?

    • chumthumper - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Since coaches are experts in providing inane answers, it’s only fair that reporters be experts in asking inane questions. To be fair, she hasn’t cornered the market on that.

  3. jason9696 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    The best thing that ever happened to her was when she was caught naked in the hotel room. Of course she’d never admit that. But we all know it’s true.

    • Glenn - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      All that incident did was prove that she owes much to the Wonderbra.

  4. baddorange - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Female sideline reporters are useless, as are the great majority of ESPN personnel