Rylan Clark-Neal Is Hosting Channel 4's Election Night Coverage – And There's No Reason To Be Sniffy About It

The former X Factor star has proven he's right into politics, as anyone who follows him on Twitter will know.

Rylan Clark-Neal is set to swap his light-entertainment hat for a political one next month, as he fronts Channel 4′s general election coverage.

The former X Factor contestant will take the lead on Channel 4′s Alternative Election Night after the nation has taken to the polls on 12 December.

He will present along Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy, comedian Katherine Ryan and presenter Clare Balding.

Joining them will be experts including former MPs Tom Watson and Amber Rudd, who will provide more political commentary.

Announcing the news on Twitter, Rylan said: “So yeah.... This X factor reject will be hosting election night. Lols.”

The news was met with some immediate raised eyebrows from some commentators on Twitter.

However, there’s actually no reason for anyone to turn their nose up about Rylan hosting political coverage.

While he’s better known for hosting the likes of Strictly: It Takes Two and Supermarket Sweep, Rylan is definitely politically engaged, as anyone who follows him on Twitter would already know.

He’s properly obsessed with the twists and turns of Brexit...

He loves a bit of political satire...

He’s already interviewed the prime minister once before...

He’s previously defended himself from such criticism in the past...

And of course, let’s not forget this glorious moment...

Rylan met Hilary Clinton on This Morning
Rylan met Hilary Clinton on This Morning
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Speaking about their election night coverage, Channel 4 News and Current Affairs commissioning editor, Louisa Compton, said: “The Alternative Election will be distinctive, fresh and very entertaining, offering up the perfect mix of two political heavyweights who’ve just walked out of front-line politics as well some great comedians and entertainers.

“Voters will be at the heart of the programme with audience reaction to all the key moments.”


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