Whoa there! First we hear that our beloved Cheryl could be snapped up by BBC’s The Voice and now reports have reached our ears that the corporation has its Manchester-bound eyes on hunky-boy-next-door Dermot O’Leary. That show could be more X Factorish than… well X Factor next year.
BBC Controller Danny Cohen has been making a lot of statements of late, but we’re just getting a few snippets (that may or may not be from him) in The Sun this morning. Cohen is believed to be behind the plan to half-inch O’Leary with a “wide-ranging deal” which could also include a role on the Olympics presenting team next year. Machiavellian..
“Danny is a big fan of Dermot’s and knows he would be a great catch for the BBC,” a source told the paper. “He wants to do some shiny floor stuff as well as factual programmes and we can offer that kind of wide-ranging deal.”
“We don’t just want to hire people from the X Factor. This is one of the hottest tickets in town for a star right now,” the source added, before refusing to deny rumours linking Dannii Minogue to the show as well.
“Dermot’s £1million-a-series deal for The X Factor is negotiated every year, so he could walk away after this year’s show,” a second source claimed.