Peter Dickson, the voiceover talent for the UK version of X Factor, is stepping down after 11 years. He tweeted his fans on Tuesday to make the announcement, saying that it is time for him to spread his wings. He also does the voiceover for Britain’s Got Talent and other reality shows. There is no confirmation over whether he will step down from these shows, too.
After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it’s time for me to check out and cut loose.
— Peter Dickson (@peterdickson) July 28, 2015
There has been wide speculation over recent years that X Factor in the UK is coming to an end. Many believed it would happen at the end of the 10th season last year, when Simon Cowell surprised many by saying he would return for the year. Now, many suspect that the 11th season will be the end.
As Metro confirmed, Louis Walsh has left the show, after 11 years on screens. Dickson will not lend his voice for the upcoming live shows of the upcoming season. There are no confirmations over who will replace him on X Factor. There are numerous impersonators for the 58-year-old voice actor, but the show may opt to go in a different direction with this part of the episodes.
Many fans have said how the show will not be the same without him. It may be difficult for X Factor producers to find someone else who can say names of contestants with ease and fluidity. There have certainly been some difficult names throughout the years, but nobody has ever complained of mispronunciation. The show has seen a major change in long-time members, the Daily Mirror reports.
While Louis Walsh has stepped down, Dermot O’Leary made the decision during the summer to leave as the presenter of the show. Former X Factor contestant Olly Murs will now present the main show, rather than the Xtra Factor, the show’s follow-on program. Nick Grimshaw has come in to replace Walsh, while Rita Ora has replaced former Spice Girl Mel B.
Many on Twitter have also commented that this should surely be the end to the Saturday night singing competition. Some would like to see a spin-off show based on the X Factor to find a replacement voiceover artist.
Peter Dickson has left the X Factor. Time to pack it up, lads.
— Emma Kelly (@TooManyEmmas) July 28, 2015
Peter Dickson (X Factor voiceover man) has left. I propose a spin-off X Factor show to replace him. The auditions would be incredible..
— SAMMY (@MrSammyJames) July 28, 2015
Iconic voice announcer Peter Dickson has left The X Factor, now the show is more likely to die in a slowly painful way this year.
— Jack Walker (@JackTheFact29) July 28, 2015
So far, only X Factor has confirmed Dickson is leaving. There is still chance that he will be heard presenting Britain’s Got Talent when that returns next year. He may also remain on All Star Mr. & Mrs., another ITV program. Leaving X Factor has been a decision he has made to improve his career.
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