Christine Bleakley is being tipped to replace Dermot O’Leary as presenter of X Factor next year, according to the papers.
The Daily Mail reports that the 31-year-old – who recently joined the network in a deal worth around £4m – is being lined up by Simon Cowell and producers on the show to take over in 2011.
Christine – who left the BBC in June – will join her former One Show co-host Adrian Chiles on ITV’s new breakfast show Daybreak, which begins on September 6.
And speculation continues that Dermot – who took over presenting The X Factor from Kate Thornton in 2007 – could host the US edition of the show due to debut next year.
“Dermot has made it clear that he would like to move to America full time,” a source told the paper.
“His girlfriend Dee Kopang is already working as a TV producer in Los Angeles, so he would like to try his luck in Hollywood. He is already spending the majority of his time out there with Dee, so it would make sense.”
If Christine does join The X Factor, it could mean that her time presenting Daybreak would be short-lived.
“No one is sure how Christine will cope with the 3.30am wake-up call for very long,” a show insider said.
“Everyone’s smart money is on Adrian and Christine hosting for up to a year before moving on.”