It's official: Rylan Clark-Neal IS going to present The Xtra Factor 2016!

ITV confirms he'll join Matt Edmondson on the spin-off after months of speculation

Up Late with Rylan

After weeks of speculation, The X Factor 2016 bosses have confirmed that Rylan Clark-Neal IS joining The Xtra Factor as a co-presenter.

Rylan had been hotly tipped for the ITV2 show for months, even though he already hosts a reality TV spin-off, Big Brother's Bit On The Side.

Rumours continued to swirl even after it was confirmed on Monday that Matt Edmondson will front Xtra, with a spokesperson saying it hadn't been decided whether there would be a co-host.

But it seems chiefs finally made up their mind today, as ITV has now confirmed that Rylan will indeed be joining Matt on the show.

In a video posted on the @TheXFactor Twitter today, Rylan - who found fame as a contestant on the ninth series of the talent contest - said: "Finally I’m coming back to where it all began! Not to sing, don't worry, I’m coming back as host of The Xtra Factor with the lovely Matt Edmondson.

"I can’t wait to get back, I’m so excited to see everyone - and I’m a Scherzy boy! Nicole’s back as well, we’re gonna have a right old laugh!"

Rylan has not yet revealed whether his new role will affect Bit On The Side - but it is possible that the two won't clash, as The Xtra Factor is having a major format change this year.

For the first time, it will air live every week - even during the pre-recorded audition stages - allowing it to cover fans' reactions as they happen.

As BOTS airs on weekdays only and Xtra airs on weekends, it's possible that Rylan can do both - although he would have a very busy schedule.

In addition to the two spin-offs, he has a regular slot on This Morning and has signed up to host a new ITV2 panel show. He also has his very own Channel 5 chat show, Up Late With Rylan, but it's unclear if or when that will return for a second series.

Matt and Rylan are taking over The Xtra Factor from Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom - but it seems they aren't too upset, as earlier this week they filmed a mock resignation speech for The Sun.

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