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Sarah-Jane Crawford replaces Caroline Flack on The Xtra Factor

Sarah-Jane Crawford has been confirmed as the new host of The Xtra Factor.

The BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter will replace Caroline Flack, who announced her decision to leave the ITV2 spinoff yesterday (June 11) after three years, and comedian Matt Richardson.

Sarah-Jane Crawford arriving at the 'Iron Man 3' UK premiere in London

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Taking to Twitter, Crawford said that she was "really thrilled" to have been chosen by Simon Cowell and fellow show bosses.

"Massive respect goes out to @carolineflack1 who's an amazing broadcaster and delivered 3 years of a brilliant series," she added.

Elsewhere, Crawford said that she has watched every series of The X Factor "religiously", adding: "To be the new host of The Xtra Factor in its most exciting year ever is what dreams are made of.

"I'll be asking the judges the questions that people at home are screaming at their TVs - and you'd better believe I'm going in with a bang! I just can't wait to get on the road now and meet the auditionees!"

Dermot O'Leary.

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Dermot O'Leary will return to The X Factor's main show and welcomed Sarah Jane Crawford to the "family"

The Xtra Factor's executive producer Mark Sidaway described Crawford as a "great addition to the team", praising her "fantastic knowledge of the music scene", her "great sense of humour", and her interview experience.

Host Dermot O'Leary also congratulated Crawford on her appointment, tweeting: "Sad to see my little sis @carolineflack1 go. But welcome to the family @DJSarahJane ... The strange dysfunctional family."

Meanwhile, Flack's former co-host Richardson - who joined the series last year - has also announced that he will not return for the upcoming run.

It was confirmed yesterday that Mel B will be this year's fourth X Factor judge alongside Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh.

Are you happy that Mel B is the fourth judge on The X Factor?
Yes - I can't wait to see what she'll bring to the panel!38.76%
No - I wanted someone else!41.31%
Maybe - I'll wait and see how she is on the show19.93%
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