Belfast Telegraph

SiCo: Olly and Caroline have the hots for each other!

Simon Cowell loves the “amazing energy” Olly Murs and Caroline Flack bring to The X Factor.

The music mogul announced the former Xtra Factor hosts as the replacement for Dermot O’Leary on this year’s series of the talent show. Now he’s revealed to British newspaper The Sun why he moved pair from the sister show to the main programme.

“Olly and Caroline have great chemistry. I think he fancies her, or maybe the other way round, actually,” he laughed. “Kidding aside, they love the show and they have amazing energy. It’s going to be different and that’s what we wanted.”

The Wrapped Up singer and Strictly Come Dancing winner hosted the ITV 2 spinoff together for two years until 2012. Caroline remained on the show for another year alongside comedian Matt Richardson before they both made way for Sarah-Jane Crawford.

After eight years as host of the main show, Dermot announced his departure in March. The next month Olly and Caroline were confirmed as his replacements, and despite initial rumours that former X Factor contestant Olly would be a judge, Simon thinks fronting the show is the best place for him.

“It helps that Olly has been through the process. The irony was that when he announced it, he was playing in front of 12,000 people. It shows that X Factor can change your life. He’s perfect to be in that position,” he said of the series six runner-up. “Everyone was talking about him being a judge but I always thought the role he would love — because Olly’s what I call a ‘centre-stage guy’ — would be host.”

Instead Simon will be joined on the judging panel by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, singer Rita Ora and BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. While the latter’s participation in the series has been criticised by many, Simon defended his decision and Nick himself has also spoken out about what he will bring to the show.

“I think I will be nice when I need to be nice and I don’t think I would ever be mean to anyone because it must be so terrifying and nerve-wracking to get up on that stage, but I think I will be real and I will be honest,” he told British newspaper The Mirror.

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