Dermot O'Leary tipped to leave The X Factor UK to replace Steve Jones in the US

Dermot O'Leary

Bookies have tipped Dermot O'Leary to leave The X Factor here in the UK to move to the US and replace Steve Jones on the American version of the show.

It was confirmed yesterday that Steve - along with judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul - wouldn't be back for the second series of the show next year.

And With Steve getting the boot from US X-Factor, bookies William Hill have opened a market on who will replace him, making Dermot O’Leary the 8/11 favourite followed closely by American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest at 2/1 and Mario Lopez 6/1.

“Steve Jones went down like a lead balloon in the States, but despite the failures of both him and Cheryl Cole, it looks like another Brit may well be on their way to Tinseltown,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Next Permanent US X-Factor Host:

8/11 Dermot O’Leary;
2/1 Ryan Seacrest;
6/1 Mario Lopez;
10/1 Cat Deeley;
12/1 Christina Aguilera;
16/1 Zac Efron;
20/1 Lea Michele;
25/1 Vanessa Hudgens;
25/1 Matthew Morrison;
25/1 Katy Perry;
33/1 Steve Tyler;
33/1 Steve Carrell;
50/1 Piers Morgan;
50/1 Jane Lynch;
100/1 Ant & Dec

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