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Some more big news from The X Factor team today as it's been revealed that Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes will be taking over as host of The Xtra Factor.

The 26-year-old singer confirmed the exciting development via Twitter just now, telling fans she was "beyond excited" to be chosen as host.

Rochelle will be joining comedian and TV presenter Melvin Odoom on the new series, which acts as a sister show to The X Factor.

The pair will replace Sarah Jane Crawford, who was axed after just one year on the show. Since it was revealed a new hosting spot was up for grabs, a number of possibles have been touted, among them Irish MTV presenter Laura Whitmore and YouTube star Zoella.

​Rochelle's new job comes with good timing too, as she recently revealed that her fellow Saturdays stars are all taking some time out from the band to work on solo projects. ""It's refreshing to do things on your own so that's how the situation is." she said.

The singer is not the only member of The Saturdays to have been involved in a TV talent show, either. Her bandmate Una Foden recently finished up as a judge on this year's The Voice of Ireland, while Frankie Sandford-Bridge finished in second place on last year's Strictly Come Dancing. Two big acts for Rochelle to follow!

Rochelle and Mervin are one of three boy-girl teams set to join The X Factor this year. Caroline Flack and Olly Murs were confirmed back in March as the new hosting team for the main show, following Dermot O'Leary's exit, while Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw were added to the judging panel earlier this week. 

Do we sense a theme forming, Simon?


The X Factor is undergoing a serious shake-up ahead of the new series, and now yet another star revealed they were leaving the show.

Presenter Sarah Jane Crawford has announced she will be stepping down as host of The Xtra Factor, the sister show which airs live after every episode of The X Factor. The radio and TV personality only took over Xtra Factor hosting duties last year, but she is ready to pass the crown over to someone else.

Tweeting the big news last night, Sarah-Jane wrote, "Xtra factor has been amazing! However I have a new project coming up this summer & with all the changes happening I won't be back… I'm so excited to see the new line up and wanna wish them all the luck in the world… Can't wait to watch them in action!"

Although no official replacement has been announced as yet, many have predicted that Irish presenter Laura Whitmore might be in the running.

Laura was a favourite for the role last time around too, and with another year of hosting I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now under her belt, we reckon she would be the perfect candidate.

Sarah-Jane joins Dermot O'Leary, Mel B and Louis Walsh on the list of names that won't be appearing on the show this autumn, although Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell still seem to be safe.

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have already signed on as Dermot's replacement, and looked delighted with themselves as they kicked off their new roles as co-hosts at the first round of X Factor auditions in Manchester last weekend:

We miss Dermot all the same…



We have to say, when it comes to X Factor romances, Stevi Ritchie and Sarah-Jane Crawford were not two names we would EVER have put together!

Clearly, however, Louis and Simon think differently, as they made a joke on this week’s Xtra Factor that the contestant and presenter were seeing each other – causing it to trend on Twitter!

While Stevi has now been forced to admit the couple are NOT dating, it seems he is still up for the idea, which is sweet, telling Digital Spy: “I know they’re trying to get me a date with SJ because I do have a soft spot for her, but nothing went on between me and SJ … I love her as a person, she’s a great presenter, she’s a good thing for The X Factor this year, but nothing went on, I never slept with her. I only wish!”

As far as Stevi goes, that’s sweet, we guess…sounds like we better watch this romantic space!

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