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X Factor voice-over man Peter Dickson leaves show after 11 years

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Two new faces have joined The X Factor but the panel shake-up isn't the only radical change the show is seeing. Peter Dickson, the man responsible for doing the voice-over, has announced that he is leaving after 11 years.

Peter, who is also the voice of Live at the Apollo, Britain's Got Talent and other shows, confirmed his exit on Twitter.

"After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose," he wrote.


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Voice-over legend Peter Dickson has starred on the show for 11 years

The 58-year-old from Belfast has worked on the show since its inception in 2004. At the time, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne sat on the judging panel and through the years, different mentors have come and gone including music royalty Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger.

This year, Simon and favourite judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will return, while Rita Ora and radio host Nick Grimshaw will feature as new recruits.

Rita Ora, Cheryl, Nick Grimshaw and Simon Cowell will star as this year's X Factor judges

The ITV show, which hopes to find the nation's next pop star, will also be presented by Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, who both co-hosted the spin-off show The Xtra Factor. Olly rose to fame in 2009 after finishing runner-up as a contestant on the singing competition.

The pair replaced long-standing presenter Dermot O'Leary, who featured on the show for eight years. In March, Dermot used Twitter to announce his departure.

"Good afternoon. After eight wonderful years on The X Factor it's time for me to move on," he tweeted. "I'd like to thank ITV, Simon, The X Factor family and particularly the viewers, all of whom have been a big part of my life for so long. I'd like to wish the team all the best for the future, especially whoever takes over from me."

Auditions have begun around the UK, with the twelfth series of the show returning to screens in August.

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