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.
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.”
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
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.
@peterdickson sorry to see you go. You have been the best thing about the show for years.
— Aidan (@surrey13) July 28, 2015
@peterdickson GASP! But you’re the best thing on it.
— Corrie Corfield (@corrie_corfield) July 28, 2015
— Andrew Beeres (@Legen_dary93) July 28, 2015
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:
The X Factor returns later this year