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Radio 1 DJ and television host Matt Edmondson has been announced as the new face of ITV2’s The Xtra Factor as part of ITV’s latest revamp to return the singing contest back into must-see, rather than must-avoid, television.

“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’” – Matt Edmondson

And, in a big change to the spin off show’s format, The Xtra Factor will be transmitted 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, 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.

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. Further information about the show will be announced shortly. Previous Xtra Factor hosts have included Matt Richardson, Fearne Cotton, Olly Murs, Holly Willoughby and Caroline Flack.

“Matt will bring his unique take on all things X Factor and we can’t wait for him to start work on the Xtra Factor this year”. – Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, ITV

The X Factor will return this autumn on ITV, UTV and STV and The Xtra Factor will air nationally on ITV2

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