It’s sad news for Zoella’s 8 million (plus) YouTube fans.
Reports were coming in that the internet sensation, real name Zoe Suggs, was in the running to become the next telly host of X Factor’s sister show, Xtra Factor.
Her fans went into a frenzy on social media this morning. And we don’t blame them – there’s certainly no reason to believe that it couldn’t be happening.
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It’s no secret that Simon Cowell is looking for ways to shake things up, after ratings for the last series hit a slump. Zoella has built up a vast and loyal fan base, who would certainly all tune in to see their idol on a saturday night.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “There is serious interest in Zoella and Simon is keen to hear how she developed such a huge online following with young people.
“Simon wants ideas that are different and is really thinking outside the box when it comes to shaking up the show.”
But, alas, Zoe herself has now had to wade in to the rumour pool, taking to Twitter. The 25-year-old retweeted one of her fans, stating: “I don’t know where this has come from? I’m definitely not”.
It seems like the power vlogger couldn’t ignore her fans excited tweets. Banishing the rumours for good, Zoella shot down the rumours, claiming not to know where they even stemmed from in the first place.
It’s a shame. We think the star would have made an excellent replacement to Sarah-Jane Crawford, who quit the show after just one series, claiming that schedule conflicts were getting in the way. Zoe’s quirky personality really came across when she took part in BBC’s Comic Relief special of the Great British Bake Off, and, of course, her YouTube hits speak for themselves.
Ah well. We guess we’ll have to wait and see who will take the open spot. Rumours have also thrown up Big Brother’s Brian Dowling. And of course, axed judge Louis Walsh is set to be replaced by Nick Grimshaw.
Looks like Cheryl, if she returns, could be the only female judge left standing.
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By Laura Jane Turner