Big Brother’s Bit On The Side presenter and former X Factor contestant Rylan Clark-Neal is today announced as the co-host of ITV2’s The Xtra Factor.
Rylan, who will present alongside Radio 1 DJ and television host Matt Edmondson, is set to go full circle after first finding fame as a former X Factor finalist in 2012 when he was one of Nicole Scherzinger’s boys.
Rylan has a lot of experience of live presenting after hosting Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, This Morning and his very own chat show, Up Late With Rylan.
Talking about his new presenting gig, Rylan says, “After four years of doing my thing it’s finally time for me to go back to where it all began but this time as a HOST of Xtra!
I’m thrilled to be part of The X Factor once again and even more excited at the thought of knowing I won’t be in the bottom two each week!
“I can’t wait to get working with Matt and finally find our niche as the odd looking Ant and Dec.
I’m so excited to work alongside the judges and Dermot and over the moon to be sharing the coming months with my Nicole as a fully-fledged Scherzy boy once more. Watch out Simon … I’m back!”
The Xtra Factor will see a big change to the spin off show’s format this year as it will be going live from the very first episode.
The show will feature live interviews with contestants who have appeared on that night’s audition show, plus reactions from celebrity guests and interaction with fans on social media.
Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, ITV, says, “Rylan was one of the biggest personalities we have ever had on The X Factor, and made a huge impression with his infectious personality and showmanship.
It was surely only a matter of time before he took the helm of a show that he was born to present. We’re chuffed to bits and can’t wait to watch the all new live The Xtra Factor presented by Rylan and Matt.”
The X Factor and The Xtra Factor will return this autumn on ITV and ITV2.