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Dermot O'Leary tops list of most fanciable males on TV for Valentine's Day

Independent.ie reporters

Published 14/02/2012 | 07:41

X FACTOR presenter Dermot O'Leary proved he has the X factor after he topped a poll of the nation's women asking them to name their top TV Valentine.

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The star, whose parents hail from Ireland, got 14% of the vote in the search to find the small screen's most fanciable man.



He picked up more than twice the votes of his closest contender for the title, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who got 6%, narrowly ahead of Strictly Come Dancing winner Harry Judd (5.4%).



O’Leary is set to marry his long term girlfriend TV producer Dee Koppang later this year after popping the question on a romantic break in New York last autumn.



Holly Willoughby was clear winner in the search for the most fanciable female with 16% of the vote.



Second place went to Karen Gillan (10%) who plays Doctor's Who sidekick Amy Pond, while Caroline Flack came in just behind her (9%).



A spokeswoman for the TV company Freeview who commissioned the survey said: "It's clear TV presenters provide an extra reason to tune in and watch TV and a candlelit dinner at home and watching a romantic film is the perfect Valentine's Day date - it's easier on the pocket than a trip out to the cinema or to a restaurant."



The top 10 TV Valentines:



Male:



1 Dermot O'Leary 14%



2 Benedict Cumberbatch 6%



3 Harry Judd 5.4%



4 Steve Jones 4.9%



5 Paddy McGuiness 4.32%



6 Mark Wright 4.02%



7 Simon Cowell 4.02%



8 Brian Cox 3.8%



9 Dan Stevens 3.73%



10 Philip Glenister 3.71%



Female:



1 Holly Willoughby 16%



2 Karen Gillan 10%



3 Caroline Flack 9%



4 Nigella Lawson 7%



5 Louise Redknapp 5.1%



6 Fearne Cotton 4.7%



7 Tess Daly 4.6%



8 Tulisa Contostavlos 4.5%



9 Alesha Dixon 4.2%



10 Michelle Keegan 4.1%



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