Caroline Flack without Olly for Xtra auditions

Caroline Flack and Olly Murs will not be reunited at the audition round of 'The Xtra Factor' this year because of the Essex singer's US touring commitments

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This article is from 2012.

Caroline Flack

Caroline Flack

Caroline Flack will work the audition rounds of 'The Xtra Factor' without Olly Murs.

The presenting duo will be split up for the early part of the show due to the Essex singer's touring commitments with One Direction in the US, but he will return for the 'X Factor' behind-the-scenes programme on ITV2 in the autumn.

Olly said in a statement: "I can't wait to get back to 'The Xtra Factor' this year, especially now my partner in crime Caroline is confirmed to be joining me. I know it's going to be a great year and we'll be grilling the judges and contestants more than ever before."

Caroline - who is on her way to Liverpool today to begin the first audition - added she was delighted to be reunited with her "TV husband".

She said: "I had a fantastic time on 'The Xtra Factor' last year with my TV husband Olly, so, I can't wait to get started on the show again. Even though Olly and I won't be reunited in person until the live shows we will be together all the way in spirit, he's bound to be calling me mid-interview to check what has been happening on the Judges tour to ensure he doesn't miss out on any crucial gossip!"

Geri Halliwell is rumoured to be joining Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh at the first audition of the ITV show after Dannii Minogue pulled out of negotiations.

This article is from 2012.

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