Dermot O'Leary says The Voice is meaner than X Factor

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 April 2012
Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

'X Factor' host Dermot O'Leary claims 'The Voice' treats its contestants worse than his show because their judging critique is a lot "harsher"

Dermot O'Leary claims 'The Voice' treats its contestants worse than 'The X Factor'.

The presenter says the concept of the BBC One singing competition - which sees coaches Jessie J, will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue turn around in their chairs if they like the sound of someone's voice - is crueller than ITV show 'The X Factor' because the judges can give everyone a fair go.

He said: "Everyone who goes on those shows does so to be judged and maybe an even harsher critique is someone not turning around. It is what it is. You can't complain if you don't like what you hear. Well you can and usually it's to me!"

He also says the format of the show means there won't be any novelty acts in the final shows like Johnny Robinson and Jedward.

He told The Sun newspaper: "The most important thing is to have fun on the shows. 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 like Johnny Robinson who look ridiculous, but it doesn't mean they can't sing."

Despite his criticisms, Dermot insists he is a fan of 'The Voice' and he welcomes the competition.

He said: "I'm enjoying it. It's good we've got competition and it will help us raise our game."

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