Christine Bleakley for X Factor role?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 October 2010
Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley is being lined up for a presenting role on 'The X Factor' should Dermot O'Leary leave to work on the US version of the show

Christine Bleakley may replace Dermot O'Leary on 'The X Factor'

The 'Daybreak' presenter is being given first refusal for the main presenting role on the show if Dermot moves to the US version of the show due to be staged next year, with Simon Cowell and ITV controller Peter Finacham keen to sign her up.

A TV insider said: "Simon is a big fan of Christina and so is Peter Fincham. They see her as having a big future at ITV.

"Peter told her that if Dermot takes the job as host of the American show, as he thinks he will, 'Then the job's yours'.

"Everything depends on Dermot accepting Simon's offer to host the US show."

Simon is expected to reveal Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger as his fellow judges on the US 'X Factor' next year, while Dermot, 37, is expected to also go across to present the show - having until February to make his mind up.

The source added to the Sunday Mirror: "There are going to be a lot of changes at 'The X Factor' and Christine's thrilled at the prospect of being part of them."

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