X Factor: Rylan Clark notices something very important missing from the show
As the first episode drew to a close, the 28-year-old was first to ask what was on everyone’s lips.
Taking to Twitter, the This Morning favourite wrote: “Hold up! Where’s Xtra Factor?” followed by a series of cry-laughing emojis.
Rylan hosted the Xtra Factor last year alongside Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson, bringing behind-the-scenes gossip that didn’t make it to the main show.
But the sister show, which was broadcast on ITV2, was cancelled last year after 12 series, with show bosses choosing to focus on engaging fans through the X Factor YouTube channel and social media accounts.
Speaking about its cancellation, managing director of Thames TV Richard Holloway said: “In the past year there has been an increase in digital engagement and online audiences around The X Factor.
“In light of this, ITV’s strategy to focus their efforts on digital means The Xtra Factor on linear television has come to its natural end. We’ve had great fun making the show and would like to thank Rylan, Matt and Roman for their fantastic and entertaining work on the last series.
“We now look forward to focusing on making great content for our social platforms in support of the main show.”
But fans of the X Factor agreed with Rylan, taking to Twitter to lament the demise of the spin-off.
“What! No Xtra Factor? Shame on you. Bring it back,” tweeted one angry fan.
Another person wrote: “They should have never cancelled Xtra Factor.”
The X Factor kicked off last night in an explosive episode which saw a variety of hopefuls try their luck in front of the judges, which include music mogul Simon Cowell and Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger.
Memorable acts included Sinitta look-alike Elisangela, who stripped down to a bejewelled bra and mini-skirt as she sung Ed Sheehan’s “Shape of You”.
Warehouse worker Grace Davies, 20, also got fans talking after making both Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne cry after singing her own song, Roots.
But Grace shocked viewers after it was revealed she was already signed to a record label – and has previously sung with X Factor finalist Olly Murs.
The X Factor continues tonight at 8pm on ITV.