George Shelley set to help host the Xtra Factor this year

George Shelley

Former Union J star George Shelley is set to help host the Xtra Factor this year.

The former X Factor finalist is reportedly in talks to help 'keep the younger viewers' watching the show following the announcement of an "ageing" judging line up.

Ouch.

Rumour has it that George would be a 'social media correspondent' on the ITV2 spin-off, working alongside fellow X Factor star Rylan Clark-Neal and current Xtra Factor co-host Rochelle Humes.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "George was a huge hit when he was in the jungle and he has proved to be a capable host on Capital FM.

"With an ageing judging panel this year [Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger], producers hope George can keep younger viewers engaged."

George, who was runner up on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2015, hit the headlines earlier this year when he was apparently 'kicked out' of Union J but there were claims that his bandmates were just "jealous".

The messy split between the four piece undid the work of The X Factor judges who originally put the group together back in 2012.

The panel added solo singer George to trio Triple J - made up of Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett and Jaymi Hemsley - to form Union J.

They've since continued the group and replaced George with another X Factor star, Stereo Kicks' Casey Johnson.

The X Factor will return later this year to ITV.

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