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Dermot O'Leary For 'Strictly Come Dancing'? Craig Revel-Horwood Would 'Love' To See Former 'X Factor' Host On Next Series

18/04/2015 10:27 BST | Updated 18/04/2015 10:59 BST

For the first time in eight years, Dermot O’Leary can do whatever he likes with his Saturday evenings, now he’s no longer going to be hosting ‘The X Factor’.

He could start attending a Saturday night book club. He can finally go on a cinema date on a weekend. Or, of course, he could finally become a contestant on rival show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

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Craig Revel-Horwood, who has been a judge on the BBC dancing show since its launch in 2004, has said in an interview that he would love to see Dermot shimmy on over to the dance-floor to try and lift the coveted Glitter-ball trophy.

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Dermot O'Leary

Speaking to The Mirror, he reveals: “I know Dermot has been part of ‘X Factor’ for ages and of course we’ve had people on Strictly that have come through, like Caroline [Flack] for instance.

“Now we can get Dermot, I’d love to see him dance on ‘Strictly’. I’ve heard that he might be quite good actually.”

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Craig Revel Horwood

Former ‘Xtra Factor’ presenter Caroline Flack made the switch to ‘Strictly’ last year, and ended up being crowned the winner of the show.

Earlier this week, after much speculation, it was confirmed that she would be taking over from Dermot on the show, co-presenting with Olly Murs, who she used to host alongside on the talent show’s ITV2 spin-off.

Although Dermot's dancing on 'The X Factor' was never exactly going to win him 'tens across the board' from the 'Strictly' judges, he did recently complete a dance-a-thon for Comic Relief, raising a whopping £643,336 for the charity in the process.

He isn’t the only former ‘X Factor’ star to have been linked with a stint on ‘Strictly’, though, with past winners Sam Bailey and Joe McElderry both expressing an interest in strutting their stuff on the ‘Strictly’ dance floor in recent interviews.

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