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Simon Cowell 'eyeing up Big Brother hosts'

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack may not be back for 2016's The X Factor

Simon Cowell is apparently eyeing up Emma Willis and Rylan Clark for 2016’s The X Factor.

The 2015 show is coming to an end, with finalists Che Chesterman, Louisa Johnson and Reggie ‘N Bollie battling it out for the last time on Sunday (13Dec15).

The show hasn’t been as big a hit in the ratings as previous years. Fans have vented their disdain for it on social media, with presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack receiving criticism. It seems it hasn’t gone unnoticed by show boss Simon, who reportedly thinks Big Brother hosts Emma and Rylan may work better.

“It would cause fireworks poaching Emma and Rylan off Big Brother but Simon usually gets what he wants,” a TV insider told the Daily Star.

“He nicked Alesha Dixon off Strictly (Come Dancing, TV show) to be a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and Rita Ora from The Voice for The X Factor.”

Olly and Caroline previously presented spin off show The Xtra Factor, before landing the main show following Dermot O'Leary’s departure. A serious of blunders, including a mix up with deadlock, has left many questioning whether they were right for the role.

Olly has already admitted he doesn’t know what the future holds for him and the show, saying: “I don’t know if Caroline and I will be back next year.”

They’ll preside over the final though, with superstars Adele, Coldplay and One Direction all making an appearance.

Simon has also spoken about how there may be a shake up for the next series.

“We will make changes next year,” he said. “When I go through the research we have to listen to what people liked and take it into account.”

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