X Factor UK: Dermot O'Leary defends 'new look' show

Dermot O'Leary

X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has defended the show's new style, despite criticism from fans.

Many have complained about a lack of actual singing on the series, with more 'reality' scenes from the contestants backstage.

Just 8 minutes of actual performances were reportedly aired on telly during last weekend's latest instalment.

However Dermot defended the changes to the show, describing criticisms as "churlish".

Speaking about the new series at the GQ Men of the Year awards earlier this week, Dermot said that show had to change every year and revinent itself.

The hunky telly host also suggested viewers should give the new panel a chance.

For the third time in as many years, this year has seen another change to the judging line up with Nicole Scherzinger joining Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Louis Walsh on the show.

"You've got to give the judges that we've got time to crack it. I always look at it like a Premier League footballer. You've got to give them six months to bed in," Dermot said.

The X Factor airs this Saturday and Sunday on ITV1.

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