‘X Factor’ announcer Peter Dickson quits show after 11 years

Dickson has provided voiceovers on the series since it began in 2004

Peter Dickson has quit his role as announcer on the X Factor after 11 years on the show.

Dickson’s booming voice has become synonymous with the series with his role including the introduction of contestants to the stage and his catchphrase, “It’s time to face the music.”

The announcement was made by Dickson on Twitter with the 58-year old saying it is “time for me to check out and cut loose.”

As well as X Factor, Dickson’s voice has also been heard on series such as Britain’s Got Talent, The Price Is Right, Family Fortunes and All Star Mr & Mrs throughout his career.

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The upcoming 2015 series of X Factor will see a number of changes, with Olly Murs and Caroline Flack replacing Dermot O’Leary as hosts and Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora joining the judging panel. They join existing judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the panel of the long-running singing contest, whose 12th series will begin on ITV later this summer.

The new series of the X Factor will be the first without long-serving judge Louis Walsh, who has sat on the show’s judging panel since it began in 2004, aside from a few days at the start of the 2007 series when he was briefly replaced by Brian Friedman. Last year’s X Factor judging panel also featured former Spice Girl Mel B, who will not be returning for the new series.
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