12/20/2011 06:27 pm ET

Joaquin Consuelos Does 'Live!' Guest-Spot: Kelly Ripa's Son Asks Kids What They Want For Christmas (VIDEO)

Kelly Ripa has been searching far and wide for her next "Live" (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) co-host. On Monday, she teamed with Tyra Banks to put some prospective candidates through a rigorous tryout called "America's Next Top Co-Host." But Regis Philbin's potential replacement may turn out to be a member of Ripa's family ... and not her husband Mark Consuelos, who's also been a rumored candidate.

"Live" sent young Joaquin Consuelos, the couple's eight-year-old son, out on an assignment to ask his elementary school compatriots all about Christmas. In a fairly adorable segment, Joaquin took the Christmas temperature, asking his schoolmates what kind of presents they wanted, if they'd ever seen Santa, how many elves it takes to make all of Santa's toys, and what kind of cookies they'd be leaving for the big man on Christmas eve. After flashing the skills of a seasoned reporter, it can't be too long before he's hosting his own show somewhere. Is Nick Jr. hiring?

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