X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary has given his seal of approval to The Voice – just days after reports that ITV had banned the show from being mentioned on the network.

Speaking to the Star, Dermot sung the praises of the BBC1 show, admitting, “I loved The Voice, I honestly thought it was terrific.”

He also sang the praises of judges Jessie J and Tom Jones – despite all the recent criticism they have levelled at The X Factor, with Jessie suggesting that their ITV1 rival was about “gimmicks” rather than talent.

“I thought Tom Jones and Jessie J were incredible,” Dermot said, and added, “I want the show to do well.

“I think it is good for TV and also good for The X Factor because it will make us up our game. Simon may say there’s no room for another singing show but I’m sure he’d think differently if he had come up with the idea.”

On Sunday it was revealed that The Voice had once again beaten Simon’s current show Britain’s Got Talent in the ratings at the point the two shows overlapped on Saturday night.

The Voice saw viewing figures of 9.6m in the 20 minute clash from 8pm, compared to 7.6m for Britain’s Got Talent.