BBC eye Dermot O'Learly to host The Voice

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 June 2011
Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

BBC bosses are hoping to poach Dermot O'Leary from ITV1's 'X Factor' to front new talent show 'The Voice'

BBC bosses are hoping to poach Dermot O'Leary from ITV to front 'The Voice'.

With the 38-year-old presenter currently hosting rival show 'The X Factor', BBC chief Danny Cohen is reportedly desperate to persuade him to switch channels by offering a "wide-ranging deal", which could even see him cover the London 2012 Olympics next year.

An insider said: "Danny is a big fan of Dermot's and knows he would be a great catch for the BBC. He wants to do some shiny floor stuff as well as factual programmes and we can offer that kind of wide-ranging deal."

After bagging 'The Voice' following a bidding war with ITV, BBC bosses are keen the talent show doesn't turn into a "clone" of 'The X Factor', despite axed judge Cheryl Cole also allegedly being offered a place on the panel.

The source added to The Sun newspaper: "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."

Meanwhile, Dermot - who lost out on the US 'X Factor' presenting gig to Welsh star Steve Jones - could "walk away" from the ITV1 show after this year's series, when his contract is up for renewal.

A friend explained: "Dermot's £1 million-a-series deal for 'The X Factor' is negotiated every year, so he could walk away after this year's show."

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