Dermot O'Leary not worried about The Voice

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 March 2012
Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

'The X Factor' host Dermot O'Leary is not worried about competition from 'The Voice', despite admitting it is a "good show"

'The X Factor' host Dermot O'Leary is not worried about competition from rival singing show 'The Voice'.

The 38-year-old TV presenter was impressed with the new BBC One talent programme - which sees coaches Sir Tom Jones,, Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue sit with their back to contestants and judge them purely on their vocal ability - but he insists the ITV1 series is the still the "biggest show in the country".

He said: "I enjoyed The Voice and it's a good show, but we're the biggest show in the country and we never take that for granted."

Dermot is hoping for a "serious contender" to emerge from Wales during this year's series - which will see contestants encouraged to perform their own tracks at the auditions - because he believes it would be great for the nation.

He explained: "I think a Welsh finalist would be nice and someone that the country could really get behind. We always tend to get really colourful characters from Wales, but this year it would be nice for this to be a year with a serious contender - fingers crossed."

Dermot admits the current focus on 'X Factor' is on the judging line-up, but he doesn't believe that will detract away from the singing talent.

He added to Wales Online: "At this stage of the process you will always be more interested in the judges but further down the line, it's going to become about the contestants."

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