Rylan is now being tipped to host the Xtra Factor this year

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Rylan Clark-Neal and Laura Whitmore are rumoured to be co-hosting the Xtra Factor this year.

The pair are the latest names tipped to be take over from Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom who haven't actually - officially at least - left yet.

Rochelle and Melvin revealed recently that they were being kept in the dark when it came to whether or not they'd be back for a second series this summer.

However it doesn't sound likely that we'll be seeing them on ITV2 later this year.

Now magazine reports that Rylan, who currently has his own chat show weeknights on Channel 5, and former I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now! host Laura are set to sign up.

"Bosses really want to sign Rylan," a source told the magazine this week. "He's a seasoned professional, funny, and could make the show come alive.

"He's got a lot going on with 'Big Brother' and his own show, but his friends think he'd be crazy to turn this down - he'd be an amazing asset to the show."

Laura recently quit I'm A Celebrity's spin-off show after five years, prompting rumours she was set to move over to the Xtra Factor.

"They'd be a brilliant duo and everyone thinks their on-screen chemistry would be great," the source added.

However a number of other names have also been rumoured, including Westlife's Nicky Byrne and radio DJ Roman Kemp.

The new series will air this autumn alongside the main show on ITV.

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