Dermot O’Leary confirms his return to X Factor this year
Dermot O’Leary has revealed that he will be making a comeback to present the X Factor this year.
It probably comes as no surprise considering the reported £8 million deal Dermot signed last year, but Dermot has now announced that he will return to host the ITV programme in 2017.
Dermot had a one-year hiatus from the show in 2015. However, the presenter is raring to go for another series after enjoying his return last year.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he explained: “I’ve signed for a few years. I really enjoyed it this year. It was a lovely, warm, fun year.”
He went on to defend the X Factor‘s ratings, arguing the decline had come from a shift in the way people are watching television now: “It’s because people watch TV in a very different way.
“The Sunday show still rates pretty well, until they put Planet Earth on and it was like Noooooo! Not Attenborough!
“It was brilliant though. I recorded it. I was on air at the time.”
It was recently announced that the X Factor spin-off show, Xtra Factor, is being given the axe. Dermot spoke about the decision to cut the ITV2 series, saying it was a “shame for telly”.
He said: “It was a great place to launch new talent.
“It’s the same when I was doing Big Brother’s Little Brother and T4, there aren’t that many nursery slopes any more.
“They go on reality shows or have YouTube profiles. I hope that’s not the future. I’m a purist I suppose. It’s not the way I like to see the world.”
Dermot continued: “Look at someone like Rylan Clark-Neal or Olly Murs. You do see people down the line on that show and you can tell if they’ve got the aptitude for live telly.”
X Factor will return in 2017 to ITV.