University graduate presents the Xtra Factor

University of Bedfordshire graduate Melvin Odoom will be partnering The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes on this year’s Xtra Factor.
Melvin OdoomMelvin Odoom
Melvin Odoom

Melvin graduated from the University of Luton in 2001, he studied Media Performance and Radio.

He said: “To be working on the Xtra Factor is a dream come true for me. This is the first gig in a long time where everyone has watched it.

“It is a perfect gig because you get to interact with the punters, celebrities and do sketches at the same time.

“It is just a really fun show to be on.”

Since graduating Melvin has co-hosted Kiss FM’s breakfast show, appeared on Dick and Dom in da Bungalow and had a spell on BBC Three panel show Sweat The Small Stuff.

Before graduating he had little broadcasting experience but by the time he had finished his degree that had changed.

He said: “Luton was a really great place to find myself as an individual. I learnt life skills there and how to be a young adult.

“Although I had a passion for radio I didn’t really have the skills to do it until I came to Luton.

“Being at Luton really prepared me in terms of my skill set.

“My lecturers were very big on getting me involved in things outside of the degree, like student radio.

“Coming to Luton really gave me that radio experience so when I worked for the BBC Radio 1Xtra as a broadcast assistant, I wasn’t scared in that environment; I was completely comfortable.”

The Xtra Factor is a ITV2 spin off of The X Factor, it follows the main show on Saturday and Sunday nights.

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