LOVE it or loathe it, X Factor is the reality show that refuses to go away, and the exposure it receives always gets people talking about it.
Every year you can't help but get involved in the action from your chair or settee, but this year one fan of the show will get to express his views to a much wider audience.
Comedian Matt Richardson has been plucked from obscurity to replace the loveable Olly Murs to be the new host of Xtra Factor.
Not only are these huge shoes to fill, Matt has also faced getting the audience to welcome an unknown while getting used to being suddenly catapulted into the celebrity world.
As well as embracing a new television career, Matt is also embarking on his first stand-up tour, Hometown Hero.
Since getting the job on Xtra Factor the number of dates booked has trebled and he will be coming to Exeter Phoenix on Thursday, December 5.
"I was doing a 28-date tour and now I'm doing 70 dates," reveals Matt. "It's all I've ever wanted to do. I start the shows in mid-October and will be touring Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and then going back to London to do Xtra Factor on Saturdays and Sundays.
"If it was a horrible job it would be really awful, but I want to do it. I hate not being busy anyway."
At only 22 years old Matt is one of the youngest and most exciting stand-ups on the UK comedy scene today.
Despite his confidence in his ability to entertain, even Matt admits he was surprised when he got down to the final 30 in the Xtra Factor presenter auditions and was then offered the job two weeks later.
"When they rang I couldn't believe they would want to take the risk on an unknown," says Matt. "It was amazing because that sort of thing never happens. Now they have done it I hope it starts to set a precedent for other bigger shows.
"As far as breaks go, that's the biggest break in the world!"
It hasn't just been TV viewers who have had to get to know a new name and face. Even his boss Simon Cowell has struggled to remember who the show's newest recruit is.
"I've really never met Simon, but he was at the press launch of the new series of X Factor and when he gave his speech he forgot my name and said, 'Caroline and the new arrival'. That's been my only interaction with him!
"At the press launch I saw the screening of the first episode. It was bizarre because this time last year I was sitting at home with my mum watching it and a year later I was watching it at The May Fair Hotel.
"The judges were also there. Sharon brings a whole new side to the show and Gary is more fun this year. I'm really proud of it.
"Sharon and I have bonded really nicely. She sends me texts. That's surreal. I haven't met Ozzy yet but they're a very close knit family so hopefully I will."
It's not just the judges who have readily accepted Matt but also his co-host Caroline Flack who got on famously well with former host Olly Murs.
"I guess it is a hard act to follow because people love Olly," accepts Matt. "But I'm doing something totally different. I'm not emulating him.
"My relationship with Caroline is also different. It's more like a brother and sister thing rather than flirting with each other, and we're not regenerating stuff that's been done before so it's like a whole new show.
"Caroline and Olly did everything together where as we do lots separately. We once did a pilot together for ITV. I was on a panel and she hosted it. We got on really well but we were not friends or anything. Now she is one of my best mates. We hang out all the time. It's like we're inseparable."
Unfortunately Matt has been sworn to secrecy about how the show's contestants fare in the next stage of the competition – boot camp.
Devon is lucky enough to have three strong contenders, single mum and white van driver Shelley Smith, from Exeter; yodelling Barclay Beales, from Bow, near Crediton; and non-hair-washer Luke Friend, from Teignmouth.
What Matt did let slip was he has been to Exeter with a film crew recording footage of a female singer whose identity has now been revealed as Shelley.
"The category that's particularly phenomenal is the 'overs'," says Matt. "It's the strongest group of contestants they've ever had. The girls category is also very strong as well.
"They've worked really hard on the show because it's the 10th year and they want to do it with a bang. There's a new twist at boot camp that will cause a huge stir on TV. We're up to the judges' house in filming but I don't want to ruin it for anyone so that's all I will say. And I don't want to be unemployed.
"X Factor has been around so long that regardless of what you think about it everyone has got an opinion. It's in the press every day."
His new job means that Matt is also discovering what it's like to be the subject of stories himself. Recently he was photographed looking worse for wear at the Wireless Festival in London, but insists it won't be a regular occurrence.
"I've never been into the celebrity world but it's the kind of show where the press want to get pictures of you leaving parties, which is weird," says Matt.
"If I worked on another TV show it probably wouldn't happen so it is quite an exposing show. But I'm so square anyway it doesn't matter. I'm not like a big party boy.
"At the Wireless Festival though I did get really drunk and there was a picture of me passed out on the pavement. It's the one and only time I've done it and now I've got a reputation!"
What Matt would prefer the papers to be talking about is his talent as a comedian and so far reviews have been very complimentary.
At the age of 18, Matt began his stand-up career. After a couple of years gigging he finally quit university and his job in a lettings office to become a professional comedian at 20.
He has since appeared on some of the biggest TV channels and shows in the country including MTV, E4, Channel 4 and BBC Radio 2's Russell Kane's Whistle Stop Tour.
"I've always wanted to do it, but I didn't know how," admits Matt. "I just loved comedy and really wanted to do it.
"When I went to university there was an open mic night. They gave me a spot and the rest, as they say, is history.
"I love comedy clubs but I've always wanted to be my own touring act so I'm really chuffed.
"I've been working on the show for ages and I've now finished previewing it. I just want to start it now."
The show is an insight into Matt's home life, revealing hilarious tales about his friends, family and growing up in Oxford.
"I talk a lot about my family – I still live there – and my life. I'm 22 years old so there are real themes people can relate to if they're my age or younger, or if you're older then it's stuff you can look back on.
"It's just me telling stupid stories of when I look like an idiot. But I write proper jokes too. I will have to talk about X Factor but I don't want to bore the audience."
Offers of work have already been flooding in providing Matt with a big launch pad for more great projects.
"This is the start hopefully," he says. "I want to play in big theatres but you've got to put in the miles to do that. I drive everywhere. I haven't got a chauffeur. In fact, I've got no one with me. It's just me and my car.
"I'm really proud of the show. I've worked really hard on it and even if you don't like X Factor you'll like it because it's not about that. It just happens to be what I'm doing. Stand up is my true passion."
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