BBC want The X Factor's Dermot O'Leary to host The Voice!

Dermot O'Leary

It seems while The X Factor and new rival BBC series The Voice won't clash, the Beeb are still set to hit The X Factor with their new show - by taking away host Dermot O'Leary! According to The Sun today, BBC bosses want Dermot not only for the music talent contestant but also to host the Olympics!

Dermot already has links with the BBC having hosted shows on the channel in the past, as well as having his own BBC Radio 2 show at the weekend. BBC One boss is said to be a "big fan" of the spinning X Factor presenter.

An insider told the newspaper: "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."

Another source however insisted that the show didn't want to become an "X Factor clone", saying:: "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."

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

A spokesman for Dermot said: "Dermot is looking forward to presenting the UK X Factor later this year and currently enjoying ITV's Marriage Ref."

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