Rochexit: Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson to host new format Xtra Factor on ITV2
Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson has today been unveiled as the new host of The Xtra Factor, meaning we can kiss Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom a fond farewell, and look forward to an equally bland version of the ITV2 spin-off show.
30-year-old Edmondson started out as a reporter for the Richard and Judy Show in 2002, before moving over to CBBC as a continuity presenter from 2004 to 2006. He then began climbing the ranks at Radio 1, eventually taking over from Vernon Kay and Sara Cox on Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast Show in 2013, where he has remained until now. So he should be bringing a fair amount of experience in music presenting and interviewing artists with him to ITV2.
The show’s new live format will give fans of The X Factor the chance to react to each night’s episode immediately after its airing. It will feature live interviews with contestants, plus reactions from celebrity guests and interaction with fans on social media.
Richard Holloway, Managing Director, Thames TV and acting CEO, Fremantle Media UK, said: “Matt is a very funny guy and his irreverent, humorous take on the world, along with our new live format, is set to make for a great series of Xtra Factor.”
Giving us a sneak preview of the kind of humour we can expect from his presenting, Edmondson has told the press:
“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’”.
A thought was also spared for the former presenting duo of Rochelvin: “We thank Melvin and Rochelle for all their hard work on The Xtra Factor and look forward to working with them both again soon”, an ITV spokesperson has said.
Over on the main show, Dermot O’Leary will return as host following his noticeable absence last year, while Simon Cowell will be joined on the judging panel by Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, and Louis Walsh.
The X Factor returns to ITV this autumn.