With the Xtra Factor job seemingly up for grabs this year, speculation has been rife as to who could land it. A host of celebrity names have been thrown into the ring, so here at TellyMix we thought we’d explore a few of the main players up for the job and save you all the confusion.
Konnie Huq - Konnie presented the last series of the Xtra Factor, taking over from fan favourite Holly Willoughby to a mixed reaction. From telling Dannii Minogue she had taken her eye off the ball following the elimination of her act Aiden Grimshaw, to a string of hilariously awkward moments with the celebrity guests, there wasn’t a dull moment, however most viewers seemed to be laughing at Konnie, not with her.
Chances: It seems unlikely she’ll be back next year, but I'm still holding out hope.
Georgie Thompson - Relative unknown Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson has emerged recently as a favourite to land the coveted job. A sports based journalist/presenter, Thompson has presented a string of sports related shows for various Sky channels, and appears as a regular panellist on the Sky1 sports show A League of Their Own, but a move to the Xtra Factor would be a first foray into mainstream entertainment presenting.
Chances: Simon Cowell loves to take a risk, and Georgie certainly has the brains, and the looks for the job.
Jeff Brazier - Current Dancing on Ice contestant Jeff Brazier is another name frequently brought up with regard to the job. A familiar face on the show, Jeff has presented the X Factor tour since 2005, and reported live from the hometowns of finalists Ray Quinn, Same Difference, JLS and Stacey Solomon between 2005 and 2009. His relaxed and cheeky persona could be perfect for the show. He’s already confessed to Heat magazine he’d love to land the job, and with a vacancy seemingly opening up, the job could well be his.
Chances: The Xtra Factor hasn’t had a male presenter at its helm since Ben Shephard left after series 3, Jeff could well be the man to step in.
Christine Bleakley - After a disastrous start to her lucrative ITV contract with flop breakfast show Daybreak, it’s been reported the channel have been lining up other opportunities for the Irish presenter. A well documented fan of the show, Bleakley appeared as a guest last series, and could well step in full time on the job, however Bleakley has had a string of negative press reports in recent months - would Simon Cowell and ITV risk further negative publicity for their most prized show?
Chances: Mr Cowell does not like being dictated to, however, Christine is one of ITV1’s signature faces, and anything could happen.
Kimberley Walsh - It seems Kimberley’s name is thrown in to the mix every time a job becomes available in tellyland, and the Xtra Factor is no exception. Having already helped her old Girls Aloud pal Cheryl Cole out at judges houses, she’s familiar with how the show works, and a role on the Xtra Factor could fit quite nicely in with her budding presenting career. Having presented live coverage for the BAFTAs, music show Suck My Pop and guest presented a tea-time talk show, the Xtra Factor would be her highest profile role to date, but TV execs seem to rate Kimberley's down to earth appeal and charm.
Chances: With an album, a movie modelling and presenting jobs already booked in for 2011, we think Kimba might be a bit too busy for the show, but we’d love it if she stepped up to the mark.
Georgie Thompson may be the current favourite to land the job, but I secretly wish Konnie will come back - some would call her role last series disastrous, I prefer 'ironic' or 'alternative'. Surprising decisions are Simon Cowell’s forte though, so anything is possible. Other names banded around have included Stacey Solomon, Kym Marsh, Myleene Klass, Denise van Outen, Patrick Kielty, Matt Edmonson, Steve Jones, Nick Grimshaw, Davina McCall, the list is endless.
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