Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dermot's Top 10 X Factor Final Backstage Secrets; We Go Behind the Scenes with Dermot O'Leary to Find out What Really Happens

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dermot's Top 10 X Factor Final Backstage Secrets; We Go Behind the Scenes with Dermot O'Leary to Find out What Really Happens

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Byline: The big INTERVIEW By Jen Rodger

THE X FACTOR Sat ITV 8.30pm, Sun ITV 8pm It makes us laugh, cry, fume and frequently gets us talking, but The X Factor is always worth watching. So now we've arrived at the grand final and as well as big name superstars duetting with the contestants, Cheryl will probably shed a tear, Dermot dance and Simon smirk and put his hands up in defeat. Eventually, one act will be crowned the winner.

Host Dermot O'Leary got us fired up for the final by taking us behind the scenes at the country's biggest TV show. He keeps his dressing room clean and gives a good bear hug. But what other secrets did he share? 1 Is there booze in the judges' glasses we see on the set (above)? Er... at the start of the show, no. At the end of the show - no comment.

Do they have any weird habits you are able to reveal? 2 Simon eats oranges and blueberries throughout filming. Mel B always sits on her phone. It's weird, but whenever I see her stand up, her phone is always underneath her. Vibrating? Probably [laughs]! Louis is like an old man who always makes notes but Cheryl has no weird habits. She's perfect.

3 Does Simon give thank you gifts at the end of the show? I've had two presents from Simon (right). One was a framed picture of him - signed 'Hey D, love Si'. Weirdly it is displayed at home. Whenever workmen come round, my wife hides it because she thinks they'll wonder why I've got a picture of Simon Cowell on the mantlepiece. One year he gave us botox vouchers 30 seconds before we went live. I didn't use mine. I've stopped giving him presents now. I tracked down some wine from the date of his birth and was really proud of it. Then he gave me that picture of him, so I thought I might not put as much effort into it next time.

Do you have any pre-show rituals? 4 I have lucky white pants that I wear and I always put them on 10 minutes before going on air. …

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