Thursday 8 December 2016

Sarah Jane Crawford leaving The X Factor after just one season

Published 12/05/2015 | 07:58

Sarah-Jane Crawford arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.
Sarah-Jane Crawford arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.
TV and radio presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015.

It's a year of upheaval for the TV behemoth that is X Factor and now another familiar face bites the dust.

  • Go To

Sarah-Jane Crawford is leaving sister show The Xtra Factor after just one season presenting.

The X Factor on TV3
A Thames / Syco co-Production
UNDER STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL 00.01 ON TUESDAY 26TH AUGUST 2014
X FACTOR on Saturday 30th August 2014
Picture Shows: DERMOT, CHERYL, SIMON, MEL B and LOUIS.
The Uk's biggest search for a musical superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV this Autumn. The nations's most talked about entertainment show sees former 'frenemies' Simon Cowell and Cheryl reunited on the judging panel. They are joined by new signing , straight-talking Spice Girl Mel B, and renowned musical manager Louis Walsh, who returns for another series.
Dermot O'Leary is also back to host the show with radio DJ Sarah Jane Crawford presenting the ITV2 spin-off The Xtra Factor.
Photographer : Nicky Johnston
©ITV
The X Factor on TV3 A Thames / Syco co-Production UNDER STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL 00.01 ON TUESDAY 26TH AUGUST 2014 X FACTOR on Saturday 30th August 2014 Picture Shows: DERMOT, CHERYL, SIMON, MEL B and LOUIS. The Uk's biggest search for a musical superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV this Autumn. The nations's most talked about entertainment show sees former 'frenemies' Simon Cowell and Cheryl reunited on the judging panel. They are joined by new signing , straight-talking Spice Girl Mel B, and renowned musical manager Louis Walsh, who returns for another series. Dermot O'Leary is also back to host the show with radio DJ Sarah Jane Crawford presenting the ITV2 spin-off The Xtra Factor. Photographer : Nicky Johnston ©ITV

She took to Twitter to announce the news, "Xtra factor has been amazing.

"However I have a new project coming up this summer & with all the changes happening I won't be back.

"But I'm so excited to see the new line up and wanna wish them all the luck in the world... Can't wait to watch them in action!"

The 33-year-old presenter follows long-time host Dermot O'Leary out the X Factor door and it is rumoured that judge Louis Walsh is next for the chop.

Laura Whitmore pictured arriving for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London this week. Laura could replace pal Sarah Jane on The Xtra Factor
Laura Whitmore pictured arriving for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London this week. Laura could replace pal Sarah Jane on The Xtra Factor

Her exit could pave the way for Irish presenter Laura Whitmore, who had also been short-listed for the gig last year but lost out to Sarah Jane, who is a close friend.

Laura's wealth of TV experience, not least I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here Now on ITV2, makes her a prime candidate for the role.

Meanwhile, Dermot O'Leary has been replaced by former Xtra Factor hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack while Nick Grimshaw of BBC Radio 1 is being mooted as Louis' replacement.

Simon Cowell has appeared to confirm that Walsh will not be back on this year's panel as he tries to boost ratings for the 11-year-old show with a radical shake up.

"Louis Walsh is one of the good guys. We will always be friends. The door remains open and who knows what's next," he tweeted yesterday, appearing to suggest Louis won't be back.

Walsh (62) hinted earlier this year that he was ready to leave.

"I think I'm done with X Factor, honestly," he said. "My day job is as a manager, and I've kind of neglected that. I want to get back to being a manager."

However, he then said he would return with "enthusiasm" if he was asked.

He is reportedly being lined up for a job on Ireland's Got Talent.

Simon and Cheryl Fernandez Versini are reportedly the only two familiar faces returning to the show.

Online Editors

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment