Olly Murs and Caroline Flack confirmed as new Xtra Factor presenters

Olly Murs

Months of speculation over who would be hosting the Xtra Factor was finally put to rest today as ITV announced former X Factor runner up Olly Murs would join forces with Caroline Flack on the show. The pair will co-host the show, despite other rumours suggesting Matt Edmondson and Kimberley Walsh were lined up for the role.

The pair will front the new series of the ITV2 spin-off show after Konnie Huq got the axe earlier this year.

Olly Murs finished The X Factor in second place back in 2009, behind Joe McElderry. Despite narrowly missing out in the final, Olly has gone one to have great success including a number one single and top 10 debut album.

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Caroline Flack has already had experience hosting reality spin off shows, having presented I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! Now on ITV2 since November 2009.

Olly and Caroline are a strange choice, with Olly Murs having no previous experience in telly presenting. The decision has already been met with much criticism, with many backing 'F Factor' host Matt Edmondson for the job.

T4 presenter Matt had previously been announced as due to front the show in The Sun. According to The Mirror's Dean Piper however, Kimberley Walsh was originally planned to co-host the show but snubbed the role after bandmate Cheryl Cole walked out.

"Matt was pushed aside," Dean said.

The duo will be in Birmingham today as the first auditions of The X Factor kick off with new judges Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow. Louis Walsh will also return to the panel.

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