He's been the voice of The X Factor for 11 years, but Peter Dickson is going 'cut loose'


The booming voice announcing each contestant as they take to the stage has become as much a part of The X Factor as the judge’s put-downs, tears and sob stories – but voiceover man Peter Dickson has boomed his last.

Taking to Twitter, the veteran announcer said it was time for him to ‘check out and cut loose’ after 11 years as the voice of the show.

Predictably, the news didn’t go down well. Fans took to Twitter to voice their disappointment, with a few saying that the show is no longer worth watching without Peter’s iconic voice.

Of course, the crying emoji made an appearance.


This guy kept it short and simple.

This girl has literally NO TIME for The X Factor without Peter Dickson.

For some, it was a true catastrophe.

Like really, really bad.

Some people are turning over to Strictly instead.

Peter’s news comes just two months after Dermot O’Leary announced he was leaving The X Factor after eight series. The line-up has been heavily shaken up this year, with Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw joining as judges for the first time, and Caroline Flack teaming up with Olly Murs to host the show.

Peter’s strident voice can also be heard announcing Britain’s Got Talent, and he’s also provided voiceovers for Family Fortunes, The Price Is Right and Live At The Apollo. He hasn’t mentioned any intentions to give up his microphone for good, so those missing their X Factor fix can still hear him elsewhere.

Throughout his time on the series, he was known for his theatrical introductions of the contestants, and for using the phrase ‘It’s time to face the music!’

We’re intrigued to see who might take Peter’s place – and hoping he doesn’t decide to quit any of his other announcing jobs.

Watch Peter recording his voiceover below.

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