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Dermot O'Leary makes return to The X Factor

By Lorna Cooper

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

The 42-year-old broadcaster, much loved for his dance routines on the hit show, has 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".

However, the star has now said he is "really looking forward" to the forthcoming instalment.

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

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