Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson named new host of ITV’s The Xtra Factor

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Matt Edmondson has been named the new host of The Xtra Factor.

The Radio 1 DJ and television host will front the ITV2 show, 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 auditionees 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 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.

“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,” said Matt.

“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.

Matt is currently filming behind the scenes during the judge auditions. The X Factor and Xtra Factor will return this autumn on ITV and ITV2

Last updated: Monday 27 June 2016
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