Sunday 26 February 2017

Laura Whitmore misses out on X Factor gig as new host is named

Sean O'Grady

Laura Whitmore. Photo: Getty
Laura Whitmore. Photo: Getty
Laura Whitmore is seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Friday June 24, 2016. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Laura Whitmore has missed out on the chance to present the next series of The Xtra Factor.

The Bray native was long rumoured to be in the running for the coveted hosting gig since the announcement that current presenters Marvin and Rochelle Humes would not be returning.

The 30-year-old was said to have impressed producers of the singing competition when she screen-tested for the show that has previously been hosted by the likes of Holly Willoughby and Caroline Flack.

However, Laura has lost out on the spot to TV star Matt Edmondsen.

Laura Whitmore is seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Friday June 24, 2016. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Laura Whitmore is seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Friday June 24, 2016. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The BBC Radio One DJ was recently announced as the spin-off show's new face with no co-host named.

Laura was not the only Irish star who was said to be up for the high-profile gig.

Matt Edmondsen. Photo: BBC
Matt Edmondsen. Photo: BBC

Former Westlife star and 2fm host Nicky Byrne was also rumoured to be on show bosses' wishlist.

The Dubliner could not find the time to screen-test for the gig due to his recent Eurovision commitments.

Meanwhile, Laura cut loose at Glastonbury over the weekend alongside stars like Millie Mackintosh and long-time pal Niall Horan.

Herald

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