CONFIRMED: Dermot O’Leary has returned to the X Factor

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Dermot O’Leary is set to return to host the X Factor, after leaving last year.

In a shock announcement, producers of the show revealed the British-Irish TV host would be returning for the new season.

“I’m very flattered to be asked back to The X Factor, and am currently dusting off my dancing shoes,” Dermot said in a statement.

“There is nothing more exciting than hosting live TV on a Saturday night.

“The show is naturally very close to my heart, after having hosted it for 8 years. I’m really looking forward to it, and excited to be back,” he added.

And show boss Simon Cowell was equally excited about the news: “Dermot’s back! Hooray! And so is his dancing! Welcome home Dermot,” he said.

Dermot had been replaced by Caroline Flack and Olly Murs.

With Dermot’s return many fans are wondering will Louis Walsh make his big comeback too?