Popstar and TV presenter, Rochelle Humes, along with TV Presenter and KISS FM Radio DJ, Melvin Odoom, were today announced as the new faces of ITV2’s The Xtra Factor. They will join forces to co-host the hit entertainment show for its brand new series this autumn.
Rochelle is no stranger to the music industry, having achieved notable success as part of multi-platinum selling band The Saturdays, after starting her career in S Club Juniors. In recent years she has established herself in front of the camera as a successful presenter and now co-hosts ITV’s Ninja Warrior UK as well as regularly fronting This Morning.
Talking about joining the show, Rochelle says “I have watched The Xtra Factor for years so I am beyond excited about joining such a brilliant team and getting to work with my old friend Melvin makes it even better. I also can’t wait to meet the contestants and be a part of their X Factor experience.”
Melvin has co-hosted The KISS FM breakfast show for eight years alongside Rickie Haywood Williams and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. With a passion for music, he has cemented his credentials hosting shows across 4Music, T4, Kiss TV, MTV, BBC3 and presenting at The Brit Awards for ITV2.
Speaking about his new role, Melvin says “I’ve always been a massive fan of the show and to get to present The Xtra Factor is a dream for me. We are there to support the contestants and have fun – I’m really looking forward to it!”
The new presenting duo will be in the centre of the action, bringing the fun factor to the search to find a new music star. They will follow the auditions across the country, getting backstage gossip, unveiling unseen footage and getting unprecedented access to The X Factor judges, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora and Simon Cowell.
ITV’s Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions Angela Jain, said “We are really excited that Rochelle and Melvin are joining the The Xtra Factor team. Their energy, humour and enthusiasm for the show will make for a fun-filled Autumn.”
Richard Holloway, acting CEO, FremantleMedia UK, said “Rochelle and Melvin are a dream duo and accomplished presenters. They will bring plenty of fun to the show.”
Nigel Hall, global head of television for Syco Entertainment, said: “I’ve loved getting to know Rochelle and Melvin. They are great friends, have great chemistry together and are both passionate X Factor fans. A perfect combination to host The Xtra Factor.”