Love Actually child star Olivia Olson is set to appear on ITV’s Celebrity X Factor after impressing bosses

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LOVE Actually star Olivia Olson is set to appear on ITV’s Celebrity X Factor after impressing bosses.

She is in talks to join the line-up alongside The Chase star Jenny Ryan, 37, Corrie star Lucy Fallon, 23, and a Love Island supergroup starring Wes Nelson, 21, Zara McDermott, 22, Eyal Booker, and Samira Mighty, both 23.

Love Actually star Olivia Olson is set to appear on ITV's Celebrity X Factor
Love Actually star Olivia Olson is set to appear on ITV’s Celebrity X Factor

An ITV source said: “Bosses wanted to vary the line-up with a mixture of celebrities and thought Olivia would be a great shout.

“They have been in talks with her and it’s looking likely she will sign up for the show.

“She has a fantastic voice and as soon as the clip from Love Actually is shown, people will instantly recognise her.”

The American actress, 27, starred in the 2003 film when she was aged just 11 as youngster Sam’s love interest Joanna.

The US actress, 27, impressed ITV bosses singing Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You
The US actress, 27, impressed ITV bosses singing Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You
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Olivia Olson has also appeared on Comic Relief sequel Red Nose Day Actually
Olivia Olson has also appeared on Comic Relief sequel Red Nose Day Actually
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Olivia played Joanna, childhood sweetheart to Sam - played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, at 11
Olivia played Joanna, childhood sweetheart to Sam – played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, at 11
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Director Richard Curtis praised her performance of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You at the time and even had to coach the youngster to make her voice sound more believable.

After Love Actually she went on to star in cartoon series Phineas and Ferb and returned for the 2017 Comic Relief sequel Red Nose Day Actually.

Chaser Jenny Ryan, 37, is also set to take part in Celebrity X Factor
Chaser Jenny Ryan, 37, is also set to take part in Celebrity X Factor
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Corrie star Lucy Fallon, 23, will also compete in the talent show's celeb version
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Corrie star Lucy Fallon, 23, will also compete in the talent show’s celeb version[/caption]

Wes Nelson will also take part with his Love Island supergroup
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Wes Nelson will take part with his Love Island supergroup[/caption]

Love Island star Zara McDermott is set to compete as Wes bandmate
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Love Island star Zara McDermott is set to compete as Wes’ bandmate[/caption]


X Factor boss Simon Cowell has shaken up the format to reverse the ratings' slide
X Factor boss Simon Cowell has shaken up the format to reverse the ratings slide
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Celebrity X Factor and an All Stars version of the show is replacing the usual civilian series this year after boss Simon Cowell, 59, decided to shake up the format.

Louis Walsh, 66, and former co-star Nicole Scherzinger, 40, are expected to return to the judging line-up alongside boss Cowell.

The X Factor: Battle of the Stars featuring Rebecca Loos, 42, and James Hewitt, 61, in 2006 has been the only celebrity version so far.

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