Dermot O'Leary worried about US X Factor

Dermot O'Leary is confident he can host the US version of 'The X Factor' but admits he might not get the role because he's British

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary is worried being British will ruin his chances of hosting the US version of 'The X Factor'.

The 37-year-old TV star - who has presented the UK show since 2007 - is desperate to be given the chance when Simon Cowell launches it America later this year as he knows he will do a good job.

However, US executives are said to be concerned about having too many British people on the show and with Cheryl Cole being lined up for a judging role, Dermot admits there might not be room for him.

He said: "Have I got it? I still don't know. I've thrown my hat in the ring. I've been over, had a few meetings. I've sat down with Simon. I've made a pitch, but to be honest there's not a lot more I can do.

"It's all a bit odd. I didn't do any screen tests, which would be normal, because I'm already doing the job here, and they can see exactly what they'd be getting. Now I just have to wait.

"Who knows what factors will come into play? I don't know what they are looking for. I'd have me and Cheryl. Seriously. I think there is room for three Brits on the show, but at the same time I get the fact that they might want an American doing the presenting.

"I'd be miffed if an American came over here and took a presenting job I thought I could do."

However, if he doesn't get it, Dermot won't take it personally as he knows it will be because he's British.

He told the Daily Mail newspaper: "The upside is it's been so long now that I've had time to prepare myself for what comes. But if I don't get it, I know that I have to not take it personally because it will have been about them wanting an American in the role."


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