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Matt Edmondson Announced As The New Xtra Factor Host As The Show Goes Live

Matt Edmondson is the new face of ITV2’s The Xtra Factor.

And, in a big change to the spin off show's format, Xtra will be going live from the very first episode, bringing viewers instant access to contestants and the reaction to their auditions.

As the host of Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast Show since 2011, funny man Matt has interviewed some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry and with his unique, irreverent style, he has cemented his credentials hosting shows across Radio 1, T4, ITV2 and Channel 4.

Matt is also no stranger to The X Factor, as a long time fan of the show and presenter of an online spin off show, The Fan Factor, in 2011.

Speaking of his new role, Matt joked: "I am unbelievably excited about joining The Xtra Factor this year, not least of all because on my first day Louis Walsh walked into my dressing room topless, unannounced. I regard this as the definition of ‘living the dream’”.

The brand new live format will commence from the beginning of the series, giving fans of The X Factor the chance to react to the night’s episode immediately after the audience has seen it.

The show will feature live interviews with contestants who appeared on the audition show, plus reactions from celebrity guests and interaction with fans on social media. There will also be the usual mix of exclusive unseen auditions, backstage gossip and unprecedented access to The X Factor judges.

Nigel Hall, Global Head of Television, Syco says: “Matt is the perfect Xtra Factor host; he brings with him a cheeky and warm humour, not to mention being an accomplished presenter on radio and television. He will bring plenty of fun to what will be an entirely new Xtra Factor.”

Richard Holloway, Managing Director, Thames TV and acting CEO, FremantleMedia UK adds, “Matt is a very funny guy and his irreverent, humorous take on the world, along with our new live format, is set to make for a great series of Xtra Factor.”

Matt is currently filming behind-the-scenes during the Judge auditions. Further information about the show will be announced shortly. Stay tuned...

The X Factor and Xtra Factor will return this autumn on ITV and ITV2!


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