X Factor 2012: Dermot O'Leary backs Gary Barlow and the Overs category

Dermot O'Leary

X Factor host Dermot O'leary has said he's backing Gary Barlow and the Overs category this year.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the new series on Saturday, hunky Dermot praised the amount of talent at this year's auditions.

He said: "The talent this year has been incredibly good – there’s almost too much talent, if I can say such a thing! It’s going to be really difficult for the Judges

"The Overs have really stepped up this year."

Having spent six years on the show, Dermot insisted he has no plans to quit.

Each series sees Dermot spend 65 hours filming, spoke to 900 people and gave 800 hugs, but he said: "I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it. It’s such a huge commitment – nearly ten months of the year. It’s the biggest show to work on, and a huge honour to present it.
What are your highlights from the past five years presenting The X Factor?"

Discussing his top moments, Dermot joked: "Too many to list! Sharon Osbourne walking out in my first ever live show, that was one. The phenomenal Jedward. Wagner holding a picture of a lion. The moment you realise someone can be a star after a great performance. The Arena auditions, Olly Murs and Joe McElderry, and of course hosting the final at Wembley Arena – that was amazing. There are so many highlights for me."

And asked for advice to give this year's wannabes, Dermot said simply: "Always have an idea of the sort of artist you want to be."

[cat]The X Factor[/cat] 2012 launches on Saturday night on ITV1.

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