Matt Edmondson to host Xtra Factor

Matt Edmondson is to host this year's 'Xtra Factor' alongside either Frankie Sandford, Kimberley Walsh, Caroline Flack or former 'X Factor' runner-up Stacey Solomon

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Matt Edmondson

Matt Edmondson

Matt Edmondson is to host this year's 'Xtra Factor'.

The Radio 1 DJ - who will be joined on the ITV2 'X Factor' spin-off show by an as of yet unnamed female presenter - reportedly impressed programme boss Simon Cowell with his online series 'The F Factor', which helped him to bag the coveted job.

According to The Sun newspaper, the 25-year-old 'T4' host will co-front the show when it returns to screens later this year alongside either The Saturdays' Frankie Sandford, 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here Now!' presenter Caroline Flack or Girls Aloud beauty Kimberley Walsh.

Stacey Solomon - who came third in the 2009 series of the ITV1 show and presented from last year's winner Matt Cardle's home county of Essex during the live final - is also believed to be in the running to take over from former host Konnie Huq, who was axed earlier this year after a string of gaffe-prone appearances.

Meanwhile, Kimberley Walsh has backed N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos to take over from bandmate Cheryl Cole on 'The X Factor'.

Writing in her column in OK! magazine, she said: "I think Tulisa would be a great choice - you need someone who's currently making relevant music.

"Following on from Cher Lloyd's success on last year's show, I think there will be a lot more acts of that ilk so it's important to have someone who understands that type of music and as N-Dubz are part of the new music movement, Tulisa, who's opinionated but warm, would be ideal."

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