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Catholic host praises this year’s X Factor “family feel”

Catholic TV host Dermot O’Leary has praised the “family feel” of this year’s X Factor series.

O’Leary, a practising Roman Catholic and CAFOD ambassador, said the family-friendly atmosphere is so strong that children of the show judges make the green room feel like a “crèche”.

The long-standing face of the ITV programme said things have changed behind the scenes of the talent show.

Speaking on This Morning, he told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that the show has more of a “family” atmosphere compared to earlier series.

Judges Simon Cowell, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson and Robbie Williams all have children.

O’Leary said: “The lovely thing as well, kids turn up at the studio.

“So it feels like it’s a crèche. The green room once was quite sort of, in years gone by, adult. And actually now it feels like you’re walking into a crèche.

“It’s marvellous because everyone’s kids are there, which is lovely. Actually, we’ve got a real lovely family feel.”

O’Leary added that he is impressed with the line-up of judges on the current show, and he believes that the girls have a good chance of winning The X Factor this year.

Picture: Dermot O’Leary during the auditions for the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh. (Andrew Milligan/PA).

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