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Simon Cowell To Replace 'Xtra Factor' Host Caroline Flack With Rylan Clark And Laura Whitmore?

17/04/2014 08:49 BST | Updated 17/04/2014 08:59 BST

Simon Cowell is continuing his quest to shake up the next series of ‘The X Factor’ and is apparently drafting in two brand new hosts for spin off show ‘The Xtra Factor’.

Simon is reportedly planning to axe Caroline Flack - who has fronted the show since 2011 - and her co-host Matt Richardson, and instead bring in Rylan Clark and Laura Whitmore to present the ITV2 show.

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Rylan Clark and Laura Whitmore

A source told The Mirror: "It’s a pretty stressful time, because Laura and Rylan have been screen tested but obviously, that makes it look like Caroline and Matt could be for the chop.

"Caroline and Matt could still come back, but as the first round of open auditions are already under way, everybody knows a decision is imminent and it’s pretty nerve-racking."

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Current 'Xtra Factor' presenters Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson

Rylan was a contestant 'The X Factor' back in 2012 when despite harsh criticism of his performances from judge Gary Barlow, he eventually finished in fifth place.

His flamboyant personality made him a hit with viewers, and weeks after finishing ‘The X Factor’, Rylan was named as one of the housemates on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, which he went on to win.

He is currently the presenter of the ‘Big Brother’ spin-off show ‘Big Brother’s Bit On The Side’ and its celebrity counterpart.

Laura is no stranger to fronting music shows and begun her TV career on MTV. Since then she’s presented backstage coverage at theBrit Awards, and ITV2's 'I'm A Celebrity' companion show. And whose shoes did she step into there? None other than Caroline Flack.

The arrival of Laura and Rylan would be yet another big change for ‘The X Factor’, as it was recently announced Simon Cowell had chosen to lower the age limit for contestants to just 14-years-old to bring in more talent.

Si and Cheryl Cole will both be returning to the judging panel this year, after a three year break from the series.

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