After years of giving hopefuls hugs on The X Factor, host Dermot O’Leary is set to launch his own singing career tonight.
Taking to the stage at London’s O2 arena in front of a live audience and millions watching at home, Dermot will show us what he’s got.
He is, of course, presenting the 2017 National Television Awards, and he’s been persuaded to open the show with a song.
“This happens every year,” he revealed in an interview with The Sun. “We have these meetings in June, then it’s: ‘Right, we’re doing this!’ No, no, no. I haven’t signed off anything!”
But after years opening The X Factor with a dance number, everyone wants to know whether Dermot can actually sing?
“I’m Irish, so I sing at weddings, funerals and wakes – but not for broadcast. Let’s see how it goes…”
Rumour has it he’s been having singing lessons for the past few weeks, and has taken advice from TV talent show judges including will.i.am, Gary Barlow, and his boss at The X Factor, Simon Cowell.
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It’s set to be an all-singing, all-dancing number to begin TV’s most glittering night.
With lots of famous names in attendance, Dermot will be hoping his vocal cords impress.
But there’s one thing he won’t have to worry about, and that’s winning an award after he was left off the list of nominees in the TV Presenter category.
Winners for the last 15 years in a row Ant and Dec will go up against Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker, James Corden, and Rylan Clark-Neal. But Dermot’s not bitter.
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Speaking to Weekend magazine, he said:
“Well, obviously I’d rather be on it than not but I’m not losing sleep over it. I’ve just got back, after all.”
With a triumphant return to The X Factor under his belt and an impressive singing stint to boot, we’re sure the awards will be flooding in at next year’s show.