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The Xtra Factor
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The Xtra Factor is a companion show to The X Factor, that is broadcast on digital channel ITV2 and on TV3 Ireland on Saturday and Sunday nights after the main ITV show. The shows original air date is September 4, 2004. It is hosted by Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson. It was formally hosted by Olly Murs. It is currently on its 10th season. It features behind-the-scenes footage of The X Factor and shows the emotional responses of the contestants after the judges comment on their performances. Every year there is a special entitled "The Winners Story." The show has many other spin-offs as well, including the following: "The Xtra Factor: The Aftermath," and "The Xtra Factor: Xcess All Areas." The commissioning of The Xtra Factor was prompted by the success of Big Brother's Little Brother, a Big Brother companion show screened on E4.

The Xtra Factor features extra auditions, boot-camp performances and judges' houses performances and behind-the-scenes footage. In past series, there have been competitions and games featuring the judges and presenters. During the live shows the programme feature behind-the-scenes footage and answers live video and phone calls for the judges and contestants. Facebook statuses and Tweets are read out as well. It also shows the emotional responses of the contestants after the judges comment on their performances. A celebrity panel is usually featured, who give their opinions on the contestants.

Voiceovers from series 1–6 were done by Peter Dickson, and by Brian Blessed in series 7. Dickson returned in series 8 and has since continued his role. Redd Pepper also provided voiceovers for series 12.

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