Dermot O'Leary defends X Factor hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack

Published Monday, Jan 11 2016, 18:14 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Dermot O'Leary has defended Olly Murs and Caroline Flack after they took on his former X Factor presenting role.

Following in Dermot's shoes was never going to be an easy task when it came to hosting the talent singing competition, but the presenter - who stepped down after eight years at the helm - has praised Olly and Caroline for their skilful work

Dermot O'Leary on X Factor  - 11/23/2014.

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Dermot also hinted that the duo would've had an easier ride if training in a 'mock studio' had been provided first. Yep, we can't imagine how nerve-wracking speaking live to an audience of millions would be!

Dermot told Press Association that he disagrees with critics who called out the pair for not always getting it spot on.

"I don't think they did nearly as bad a job as everyone said they did," he said. "I think it helped that there were two of them. I also think Caroline did a great job, I really do.

"She did a lot of the heavy lifting. She is the experienced one out of the two and she really helped him out.

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack presenting the results show of 'The X Factor'.
22 November 2015.

© ITV / Supplied by WENN

"I feel for people when they get these TV gigs because the first thing you should do is just take them away into a mock studio for a week and say, 'Right, let's learn about pace and how to use your autocue and how exactly to deliver your lines."

Although he's a fan of his predecessors and an all round Mr Nice Guy, Dermot did admit he was flattered that X Factor viewers missed him from their TV screens.

"It is flattering to be missed. And like any job, if you do something for eight years and then leave and no one talks about you, that'd be worrying.

"But I don't want to be like 'it's not enough for me to succeed, my friends must fail - you don't want to fall into that trap.'"

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