‘X Factor’: Dermot O’Leary Returns To Present New Series

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After much speculation, it’s been announced that the presenter of this year’s ‘X Factor’ will be Dermot O’Leary.

Yes, Dermot. Who was ditched last year, so that Caroline Flack and Olly Murs could take the helm.

Dermot O'Leary
Dermot O'Leary
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The announcement was made late on Monday (28 March) night, and it seems any bad blood between the host and ‘X Factor’ boss Simon Cowell is no longer an issue.

Dermot has shared his excitement ahead of filming, saying: “I'm very flattered to be asked back to ‘The X Factor’, and am currently dusting off my dancing shoes. There is nothing more exciting than hosting live TV on a Saturday night.

“The show is naturally very close to my heart, after having hosted it for 8 years. I'm really looking forward to it, and excited to be back.”

Simon (succinctly) adds: “Dermot's back! Hooray! And so is his dancing! Welcome home Dermot.”

Reports that Dermot was set to make a comeback began circulating earlier this year, when he was reportedly told to "name his price" by bosses.

There’s no word yet on who’ll present the spin-off ‘The Xtra Factor’, but last week, it was claimed that Martin Kemp’s son Ronan could be in line for a job.

Simon is also yet to decide on the final judging panel, following the departure of Nick Grimshaw, after just one series on the show.

Louis Tomlinson was rumoured to be on the shortlist however, the latest reports state that he has “ruled himself out” and won't be signing up.

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