Dermot O'Leary: X Factor job was like a football transfer

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 January 2014
Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary admits he felt like a star football player when Simon Cowell phoned him to ask him to join 'The X Factor' as its new presenter from 'Big Brother's Little Brother'

Dermot O'Leary felt like a football star when he joined 'The X Factor'.

The 40-year-old TV presenter says he felt like a Premier League hotshot who had just secured a transfer to a major club when Simon Cowell hired him to host the singing talent show in 2007.

He said: "My first year on 'The X Factor' was my hardest thing. I was cocooned doing 'Big Brother's Little Brother' and then the overlord calls you up, flies you to America and offers you a gig you can't refuse. Nothing can prepare you for something that big. It was like stepping out for a Premier League team and being the one paid to score the goals."

Dermot also revealed it bothers him when viewers claim voting on 'The X Factor' is 'fixed' when their favourite contestants are eliminated.

In an interview with The Times newspaper, he groaned: "Everyone bangs on about a fix in shows like 'X Factor'. If only they knew how hard, and how illegal, that would be!"

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