X Factor announcer Peter Dickson has left the talent show

Dickson has been the iconic voice of the ITV show since it began in 2004 and says it was "the best eleven years"...

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The acts and judges may change but one thing has remained constant on The X factor — the familiar voice of Peter Dickson. For eleven years, the voice-over artist has worked as the announcer on the ITV talent show, and although not many would recognise his face, to millions of his booming tones are unmistakable.

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But that’s all about to change with the news that Dickson has left the show and will not be voicing the upcoming 12th series.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it’s time for me to check out and cut loose.”

It is unclear at this stage what is behind his decision to leave The X Factor – a statement is expected from ITV shortly – but fans of the programme responded with sadness to the announcement, many saying that the show would lose its own X Factor without him. 

There were already some big changes in the new series of The X Factor, with new judges and new presenters. And now it seems there’ll be a brand new voice too.

While we wait to find out exactly who will fill that spot (Louis Walsh anyone?), let’s just remind ourselves of how impressive that booming voice has been:

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The X Factor returns later this year