Olly Murs & Caroline Flack To Present ‘The X Factor’
In what was probably the worst kept secret in X Factor history…. Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have now been officially confirmed as the co-hosts of the upcoming twelfth series of the hit UK singing entertainment contest.
After the departure of long-term host Dermot O’Leary a couple of weeks ago, it had been strongly hinted that the former ‘Xtra Factor‘ presenters were being primed for the main hosting duties on ITV.
In an official statement Olly says that,
“I’m incredibly excited and proud to be returning to The X Factor alongside Caroline, I love the show and it kick-started my career in music which has given me the opportunity to do what I love. I already have the best job in the world and it’s about to get better – I can’t wait to get started and be part of finding some amazing new talent!”
Current ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ Champion Caroline Flack also shared her excitement saying,
“I’m beyond excited about presenting The X Factor with Olly. To have the privilege of doing this with someone who makes me laugh out loud is a massive bonus! I’m also incredibly lucky to have the best tips and support from my showbiz big brother Dermot. I’m not sure how I can live up to his long-term residency, but I know I can’t let him down!”
The re-hiring of these two comes as one of the many format changes to this years programme. After once again being defeated in the ratings by ‘Strictly‘, Simon Cowell is desperately trying to win viewers back to the dwindling franchise.
While it has been confirmed that Simon will be back on the panel this year, there has been no confirmation on whether fellow judges Louis Walsh, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini or Mel B are to return.
With Olly and Caroline already being popular with viewers this can be seen a step in the right direction with this years series. Then again every show has it’s day and with one well into it’s twelfth year it should come as no surprise that viewers are not watching the show as much as they were back in it’s 2008-2010 peak.
Also with increased competition programming most notably ‘The Voice UK‘, maybe audiences are just getting tired of the reality singing competition genre that has dominated our screens since the new millennium?
We shall wait and see… Best of luck Olly & Caroline!
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