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Caroline Flack returns to The Xtra Factor with new co-host

Presenter Caroline Flack is returning to the The Xtra Factor and this time she will be joined by a brand new co-host in the form of young comedian Matt Richardson.

Richardson, 21, replaces singer Olly Murs who stepped down from the role to concentrate on his music.

Caroline Flack, who will be presenting her third series of the show, revealed her joy at the news of her return:

"I'm really excited to be hosting Xtra Factor for the third year! Of course I'm going to miss Olly every day, but I am very proud that his music is doing so well all around the world.

Caroline Flack will be presenting her third series of the spin-off show Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

"I really feel that Matt will bring something completely different to the show. He's a real find, he makes me laugh and it's great to introduce new talent. I can't wait to get started."

Matt Richardson, who has been performing on the comedy circuit for the past two years, expressed his excitement at joining The Xtra Factor, insisting that he will do his best as he "will never be as gorgeous as Olly Murs".

Each week, the duo will go behind-the-scenes and bring viewers all the gossip from the X Factor. They will also have unrivaled access to the judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Sherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne - who will be returning after a six year absence.

The X Factor and The Xtra Factor will return to ITV and ITV2 this autumn.

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