Matt Richardson replaces Olly Murs as Xtra Factor host

29/05/13

Caroline Flack

Caroline Flack has confirmed she will be returning to host The Xtra Factor.

She will be joined by comedian Matt Richardson, who replaces singer Olly Murs as her co-host on the ITV2 show.

"I'm really excited to be hosting Xtra Factor for the third year," she said.

"Of course I'm going to miss Olly every day, but I am very proud that his music is doing so well all around the world. I really feel that Matt will bring something completely different to the show."

Matt Richardson, a stand-up comedian, will join Caroline Flack behind the scenes of The X Factor, as well as introducing unseen auditions.

Of course I'm going to miss Olly every day, but I am very proud that his music is doing so well all around the world
Caroline Flack

"I cannot describe how excited I am to be joining The Xtra Factor," he said.

"Working with Caroline and the rest of the team will be an incredible experience and I will do my best to be as good as I possibly can, because I'm never going to be as gorgeous as Olly Murs."

The X Factor host, Dermot O'Leary, is also returning to the main show, while the judging panel has been confirmed as Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

Olly Murs

Olly Murs quit The Xtra Factor, saying he wanted to focus on his own music career. He rose to fame after competing on The X Factor in 2009.

He said: "I think I just wanted to focus on this third album, promoting that across the world."

The X Factor and The Xtra Factor return to ITV and ITV2 later this year.

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