Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson to host the Xtra Factor 2011

Xtra Factor

Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson is to become the new host of this year's Xtra Factor, it has been claimed. Georgie, 33, who is currently dating Britain’s Got Talent presenter Declan Donnelly, is said to have caught Simon Cowell's eye for the role, replacing Konnie Huq who hosted last year's series.

According to News Of The World, Georgie was one of a number of presenters who were in the frame to front last year's series, taking over from then long-term host Holly Willoughby. The paper claims that show boss Simon Cowell has been as unimpressed as viewers with Konnie's presenting skills and wants "a new face" to host the 2011 run of the ITV2 spin-off.

A show source told the publication: "The Xtra Factor job would be great for Georgie. She'll be fantastic."

Current host Konnie last month admitted to being unsure of her future on the programme, following a backlash from viewers.

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