Dermot O’Leary’s shoe-shuffling X Factor antics are set to continue this year, an official announcement from the X Factor camp confirmed today.
The first round of auditions are due to take place in Liverpool next Wednesday 23 May and O’Leary will be back as usual, herding hopefuls through the perilous process.
The presenter has spoken of his “delight” at a return to the show: âI just love the gig. I hope The X Factor 2012 continues to bring a sense of fun to Saturday and Sunday nights and gives the nation a show that they can laugh, cry and sometimes scream at!â?
O’Leary replaced Kate Thornton as presenter of the X Factor back in 2007 and has recently slammed the BBC’s attempt at a talent show format The Voice UK, staying loya to his SiCo roots.
“The most important thing is to have fun on the shows”, he said. “And just because auditionees are a bit strange, it doesn’t mean they are not good.
“I like the fact we are about the package. I like that we get acts likeÂ Johnny RobinsonÂ who look ridiculous, but it doesn’t mean they can’t sing.”
But is he scared – not on your nelly?
“It’s good we’ve got competition and it will help us raise our game”, he puffed.
And it’s not just Dermot who has been well and truly bitten by bug, the show’s creator Simon Cowell is similarly obsessed with his grinning frontman.Â âDermot has done a brilliant job for the past five years â he is Mr X Factor!â?, Cowell gushed.