Rylan Clark-Neal to co-host The Xtra Factor

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Rylan Clark-Neal

Rylan Clark-Neal

Rylan Clark-Neal has joined 'The Xtra Factor' as this year's co-host alongside Matt Edmondson.

Rylan Clark-Neal will co-host this year's 'The Xtra Factor'.

The 27-year-old star - who shot to fame after competing on the main show 'The X Factor' in 2012 - will join Matt Edmondson as they present the new series of the spin-off.

He said of his new gig: "After four years of doing my thing it's finally time for me to go back to where it all began but this time as a HOST of 'Xtra'! I'm thrilled to be part of 'The X Factor' once again and even more excited at the thought of knowing I won't be in the bottom two each week!

"I can't wait to get working with Matt and finally find our niche as the odd looking Ant and Dec. I'm so excited to work alongside the judges and [main host] Dermot [O'Leary]."

Rylan and Matt will be stepping into the shoes of Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom, who presented last year's series, after they were dropped as part of a new shake-up at ITV.

And that's not the only shock news to shake the world of television as it has also been confirmed that the show will be going live from the very first episode of 'The X Factor'.

Various celebrity guests are set to appear throughout the series and the co-hosts will have "unprecedented access" to the four 'X Factor' judges - Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

Meanwhile, Rylan's career has been going from strength-to-strength over the past four years as he's also the host of 'Big Brother's Bit on the Side', has his own showbiz segment on 'This Morning' and his own talk show 'Up Late With Rylan'.

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