"It's a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please welcome Dominic Lopez to the world! Couldn't be happier... “ Mario tweeted at 11:39 p.m. PT. Adding, “@CourtneyMLopez & baby are doing just fine... :)”
The lady Lopez he’s referring to is, of course, wife Courtney Mazza, who got hitched to AC Slater on December 1, 2012 (If you feel like you missed out, you can still watch the wedding and feel like you were there in spirit…). This is their second child together, as they brought Gia Francesca Lopez into the world in September 2010.
Mario gave a heads up about Courtney’s progress just a bit before Dominic came out, tweeting a very dad-like “Waiting for the Dr... @CourtneyMLopez & I are ready to go! Is it a boy or a girl??? #BabyLopez.” And then a follow-up, “This anticipation is killing me… #BabyLopezNumber2.” Let’s hope that nickname doesn’t stick, eh Slater?
Let’s hope that Mario gets a chance to rest at home with Courtney, Dominic, and Gia before the madness of The X Factor 2013 takes over his life. This is Mario’s second year hosting the Fox singing competition show, having shared duties with Khloe Kardashian in 2012.
It sounds like he’ll have at least a little breath with his new brood, as he tweeted on September 8, “Done with @TheXFactorUSA taping.. The middle rounds are exciting & dramatic! Can't wait for you to see them… #XFin3Days.” The show kicks off its season on September 11 and 12, with auditions episodes — which don’t require Mario’s presence, since they are taped in advance.
Normally, the auditions are followed up with Bootcamp and Judges’ Houses episodes, but this year, they’ve changed things up, and added in a new middle round — which has, according to Papa Lopez, already been completed. We can’t wait to find out all about it.
Congrats to Mario and family — we can’t wait to see him back on our TV screens soon!