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I'd love Rose gig -- come and court me RTE, says Dermot

Daithi O Se, watch out -- X Factor star Dermot O'Leary (36) has thrown his hat in to the ring for the Rose of Tralee gig.

The half-Irish presenter has jetted in to Dublin for the weekend to film the first round of Irish auditions for Simon Cowell's hit programme.

And he confirmed that he would still love to take over the slot vacated by Today FM broadcaster Ray D'Arcy.

Asked if he still stood by comments he made previously, he replied: "Hell yeah, when do I start? RTE, I'm here in Dublin, come and court me."

The TV heartthrob added how he might be free around then for the August competition, provided his family's home county of Wexford was well represented.

"How is Miss Wexford looking this year? That's where my family are from so I would have to insist they have a girl from there," he added.

He first mooted the idea of hosting the gig in August 2009, when he spoke out in an interview about the possibility of working on a project in Ireland.


"I'm waiting to hear when they're going to give me that Rose of Tralee gig because it hasn't happened yet," he said. "They need a bit of new blood in there. I like Ray D'Arcy -- he's a nice guy, but come on, I'm waiting in the wings here Ireland -- RTE get in touch!"

Meanwhile, the cheeky presenter said he would definitely be calling in on Jedward's family home while he was over in Dublin filming for the show.

He also told 2fm how he loves working on Irish soil again and expects the 20,000 applicants to make a real stir at Croke Park this Saturday.

"It's always great and the public are so giving with their time. We have to do things like big crowd shots and more shots in the arena and the weather's always so changeable. But people are always up for having a laugh, they're brilliant," he explained.

He also said that the programme won't be hindered in any way by the absence of star judge Dannii Minogue, who is taking time off to have a baby.