Joe McElderry: Dermot X Factor return proof that Simon Cowell gets it wrong

Former winner "baffled" by popular presenter's exit

Joe McElderry

Former The X Factor winner Joe McElderry has welcomed Dermot O'Leary's return to the ITV talent contest.

Earlier this week, bosses confirmed that Dermot is back on board as its presenter, a year after Caroline Flack and Olly Murs took over the role.

And Joe, who beat Olly to win the 2009 series, says that the debacle proves that show boss Simon Cowell isn't always right with his tweaks to the show.

"I don’t think they should have let [Dermot] go in the first place," Joe told the Manchester Evening News. "It just shows that Simon Cowell does sometimes get it wrong.

"I love Dermot and I’ve got a lot of time for him. I was baffled when they said he wasn’t doing it anymore."

Caroline and Olly announced that they'd left The X Factor last month after one series fronting the main show, which saw them come in for criticism - particularly over THAT Monica Michael gaffe.

However, that wasn't the only embarrassment Simon suffered last year. The mogul admitted that the live Judges' Houses specials were "shambolic" after they were panned by viewers, and insisted they'd been "scrapped 100%" from future series.

This week bosses also announced that the intimate room auditions will be brought back - but the show won't go back to basics entirely, as the controversial Six Chair Challenge IS likely to be kept.

Joe, who released three top ten albums following his time on The X Factor, is currently starring in the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical tour.

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