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X Factor's Dermot to host Question Time for teens

X Factor host Dermot O'Leary is to front a youth-oriented Question Time for the BBC in a bid to engage a younger generation with politics.

O'Leary will host First Time Voters' Question Time for BBC3 next month in front of an audience which has not previously cast their vote in an election.

The programme will feature representatives from "the main political parties", although names will be finalised nearer to the live broadcast on March 3.

O'Leary revealed last month he had been in discussions with the BBC to present a political show.

The programme will come shortly before a general election, which is being tipped for May.

The special edition of Question Time -- which is normally fronted on BBC1 by David Dimbleby -- is part of a package of BBC3 shows aimed at bringing politics to 16 to 34-year-olds.

Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC3, said of Dermot: "He is passionate about politics and hugely popular with young people."