Xtra Factor's Rylan reveals all about working with Simon Cowell for the first time

Rylan Clark-Neal

Rylan Clark-Neal has spoken about his new job on the Xtra Factor live and working with Simon Cowell for the first time.

Rylan is fronting a brand new look Xtra Factor this year alongside Matt Edmondson with the show airing LIVE with a studio audience each weekend from the very first episode.

It's Rylan's return to The X Factor since appearing as a finalist in the 2012 series and his first time working with Simon.

"He wasn’t on the show my year, it was Gary Barlow," Rylan explained. "Simon is the big boss, he calls all the shots and makes all the decisions but Simon’s the one person I have never worked with.

"But, I interviewed him and the previous judges for the last series, before we did the interview he asked me how I had found the first episode. I asked if he wanted me to be honest, which he did, so I said, ‘I’m jealous, I wanted to be doing it myself’.

"He said, ‘I’ve got respect for you saying that because at least I know you’re honest’, so we’ve got on from then. He shook my hand at the six chair challenge just as he was going on stage and said, ‘Welcome home.’ My knees went funny!"

Meanwhile Matt revealed: "I don’t find him scary at all, he’s like the most weirdly magnetic person I have ever met.

"He kind of sits in almost like a zen like state in the judges’ room. He’s doing the telly stuff but at the same time juggling a million other businesses and projects, but he stays so calm."

The funnyman went on: "I’m fascinated by him. I feel like I’m David Attenborough and I’ve been given access to a very rare creature in the world. He’s an extraordinary character.

"When he talks to you it does feel like you are his world, you know it’s a Jedi mind trick but you don’t know how he does it. I don’t know what the secret is but you can’t stop the feeling, it’s like a sun beam that comes over you"

The Xtra Factor live will start alongside The X Factor on Saturday, August 27.

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