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X Factor fans want Xtra Factor back after the spin-off show was axed

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X Factor fans have been campaigning to bring back the Xtra Factor.

If you're wondering why Xtra Factor isn't on tonight or where it is in the schedules, the spin-off to the main X Factor series has been axed.

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ITV previously confirmed it won't return in 2017 having accompanied the singing competition on ITV2 since 2004.

They explained the move was made in favour of more online content.

A spokesperson for ITV confirmed previously: "The X Factor is our biggest ITV entertainment show in terms of online engagement.

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“We have taken the decision to move away from a linear switchover show and instead focus our efforts on our digital platforms, in support of the main show.”

Host of the main show Dermot O'Leary said this month: "I was sad, but I get it. We’ve made the X Factor for 14 years now but the way people watch the show has changed; now we have massive hits on YouTube compared to how it used to be, so you have to work harder on a show to keep people’s attention.

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"Similarly, Xtra Factor started in a time when a lot of people watched that kind of show, but things have moved on. And we’re doing much more digital content instead."

Following the start of The X Factor this month, many fans campaigned to #BringBackXtraFactor on Twitter.

"Bring back the #xtrafactor please 🙏🏻 #xfactor" one begged.

Another asked: "@SimonCowell @Rylan please bring back xtra factor, its like ant without dec....just wrong...bring it back!!!!"

And a third agreed: "lets hope we get the #xtrafactor back #XFactor"

The last series of the Xtra Factor was hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson together with Roman Kemp.

Speaking earlier this year to the Daily Mirror about the show's demise, Rylan had said he was "Relieved."

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"Not in a horrible way," he explained, "I love X Factor, I was born out of it, but I looked at it as a one-year thing… Maybe I’d have done it again, but then it was axed and I’m alright with that.

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"It was the right time… It wasn’t like we ran it into the ground, we did a good series. It went out on a high."

The X Factor 2017 continues on Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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