Dermot O'Leary: 'The Voice Is Harsher Than X Factor'
TV show host believes direct criticism is kinder on contestants...
Far from taking a gentler approach to the hopefuls, X Factor host Dermot believes the BBC show's blind audition phase, in which the coaches only turned around for those singers they liked, is tougher on the wannabes than direct criticism.
Speaking to The Sun, O'Leary said: "Everyone who goes on those shows does so to be judged and maybe an even harsher critique is someone not turning around. It is what it is.
"You can't complain if you don't like what you hear. Well you can and usually it's to me!"
The TV presenter also reckons The Voice lacks the fun factor.
He went on: "The most important thing is to have fun on the shows. And just because auditionees are a bit strange, it doesn't mean they are not good.
"I like the fact we are about the package. I like that we get acts like Johnny Robinson who look ridiculous, but it doesn't mean they can't sing."
However, Dermot admitted to 'enjoying' The Voice and added: "It's good we've got competition and it will help us raise our game."
X Factor filming is due to start in two weeks and this year will be seeking out talent from far and wide thanks to mobile and Facebook auditions.
So far only Gary Barlow has been confirmed for the judging panel but Tulisa and Louis Walsh are also expected to return.