Dermot O’Leary returns to front The X Factor

Dermot O'Leary. Picture: Getty Images

Dermot O'Leary. Picture: Getty Images

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Dermot O’Leary is returning “home” to The X Factor, a year after he left the ITV talent series.

The 42-year-old broadcaster said he is “excited to be back” as presenter.

X Factor boss Simon Cowell added: “Dermot’s back, hooray! And so is his dancing! Welcome home, Dermot.”

O’Leary, who had been a mainstay of Cowell’s show for eight years, departed in 2015 saying it was “time for me to move on”.

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However, the star has now said he is “really looking forward” to the next instalment.

“I’m very flattered to be asked back to The X Factor, and am currently dusting off my dancing shoes,” O’Leary stated.

Olly Murs and Caroline Flackat took over last year.

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