The X Factor host Dermot O’Leary told of his ‘excitement’ at the prospect of fronting a political show in the run-up to the general election.

The 36-year-old told the Radio Times he is obsessed with politics – but said the show would not be ‘particularly serious’.

The magazine said Dermot is in talks with the BBC about presenting a political programme.

Dermot said: “I won’t be the man with the swingometer, but politics is a huge obsession with me, so I’m incredibly excited about it.

“It’s a bit weird because I don’t really consider myself a classic, mainstream shiny-floor presenter.

“I always try to bring a little bit of edge to whatever I’m doing, but at the same time I’m not a comedian.

“I’d love to do something that is documentary-based, but slightly more than ‘straight’.”

Dermot was also asked about rumours that X Factor supremo Simon Cowell is planning to launch Dermot in the United States.

He said: “I’ll be honest with you, I’m doing well and I don’t want it to end.

“I want to put my mark more squarely on The X Factor and I’d like to work in the States, eventually, as well. I’ll work hard and I’ll push for it, but I have to be philosophical.”