Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have been confirmed as the new hosts of The X Factor.
Olly and Caroline proved a firm favourite with fans when they hosted ITV2 sister show The Xtra Factor for two years from 2011.
Now the duo will be bringing their unique chemistry to the main show when they take over from Dermot O’Leary, who recently quit after eight years as host.
Olly and Caroline will be on hand at every stage of the audition process to celebrate and commiserate with all the hopefuls who’ll be vying to become the next big singing sensation.
Since coming runner-up to Joe McElderry on The X Factor in 2009, Olly has enjoyed international success as a recording artist.
His self-titled debut album, released in November 2010, became the biggest-selling debut album of the year. He’s since notched up three No.1 albums and eight top ten singles – four of those also reaching No.1.
Caroline, meanwhile, is an experienced TV host. As well as The Xtra Factor, Caroline hosted two series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here Now! She will be presenting ITV2’s revamped Love Island this summer. She also won the 2014 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Olly 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 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!”
Head judge 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.”
The new series of The X Factor returns to ITV in autumn this year and applications for the new series are open now.