X Factor spinoff show Xtra Factor has been 'axed' by ITV

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The Xtra Factor has reportedly been axed by ITV after 12 years.

The spin-off to the main X Factor show won't be back this year having accompanied the singing competition on ITV2 since 2004.

During that time the show has seen may hosts including Ben Shephard, Holly Willoughby, Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

And who can forget that year Konnie Huq was in charge.

Ryan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson.
Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson.

The latest series was fronted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson, who had taken over from Melvin Odoom and Rochelle Humes.

Last year's show had seen a new format with the show airing live from the very first episode.

According to The Sun newspaper, the decision to axe the Xtra Factor was made in a bid to focus on more online content.

A source said: "The Xtra Factor has had an incredible run on TV but the producers have realised they need to keep up with the times and move with the audience."

They explained: "The majority of young X Factor fans are now consuming the show’s extra content via social media, on the official app and on YouTube, where their clips reach millions of people.

“[...] It’s nothing to do with Rylan and Matt. They did a great job and if the show was continuing on TV they would definitely be returning."

The source pointed out: "ITV is already doing a very similar thing with The Voice.”

Ryan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson.
Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson.

The Voice UK was meant to have a spin-off this year but this was axed in favour of a new online show called 'The V Room'.

A spokesperson for ITV said: "The X Factor is our biggest ITV entertainment show in terms of online engagement.

“We have taken the decision to move away from a linear switchover show and instead focus our efforts on our digital platforms, in support of the main show.”

 

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