03/07/2015 08:18 BST | Updated 03/07/2015 08:59 BST

'X Factor': Simon Cowell Claims Olly Murs 'Fancies' Caroline Flack And Reveals His Reason For Choosing Them

Simon Cowell has revealed that he chose Caroline Flack and Olly Murs to front the new series of ‘The X Factor’ because of their sexual chemistry.


It was confirmed back in April that the former ‘Xtra Factor’ duo would be making the leap to the main show, taking over from Dermot O’Leary, who has stepped down from the job, after eight years.

In a new interview with The Sun, Simon reveals that he thinks there may be a bit of sexual tension between Olly and Caroline, even going as far as claiming that’s why he gave them the presenting job.

Simon Cowell

The forthcoming twelfth series of ‘X Factor’ is definitely going to be “different”, that’s for sure.

As well as a new presenting team, Simon has recruited two new judges to this year’s panel, with Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw taking over from Mel B and Louis Walsh.

Simon also claims he wants the show to take itself less seriously when it returns to screens this year, adding: “It’s got to lighten up. It all got a bit heavy last year. The important thing is that we have got to concentrate on the talent because that is what’s going to make the difference.”

The announcement of the two new additions to ‘The X Factor’ panel received a lukewarm reception on Twitter, and now even Simon’s pal Sinitta has admitted she thinks he should have gone with “more seasoned” judges.

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