Duo return for main show
ITV, Thames and Syco have confirmed that singer Olly Murs and Caroline Flack are to be the new presenters of The X Factor.
Having previously co-hosted The Xtra Factor on ITV2 for two years from 2011, their new roles see them becoming the first ever duo to host the singing show – which Olly was a runner-up in 2009 and has since had chart success with three number ones and a double platinum-selling debut album. Caroline is also known for presenting I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! Winning the 2014 series of Strictly Come Dancing and is due to present ITV2’s revamped Love Island this summer.
Olly Murs, said: “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!”
Caroline Flack, said: “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!”
Simon Cowell said: “I am absolutely delighted Caroline and Olly are both returning to The X Factor. When they were on Xtra together, they were a brilliant double act. Since then, Caroline’s gone from strength to strength – and Olly has become one of Britain’s biggest stars. So now I’m looking forward to them fronting the main show.”
Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy, said: “Olly and Caroline are known for their chemistry and charisma and we’re delighted that they’ll be bringing this to The X Factor.”
The X Factor returns to ITV in autumn.