X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary has confessed he has had to ‘kiss and make up’ with Louis Walsh after nearly every edition of the show.

O’Leary told The Sun that a lot of the comments Walsh has made to him throughout the series – including accusing him of being “safe” – were just said to wind him up.

“Sometimes he tries to be a bit edgy but he’s not,” Walsh said of O’Leary. He’s just nice safe Dermot.”

But O’Leary insisted, “We had a laugh about that in the studio. He loves winding everyone up.”

And he added that the pair always settle their differences after every show.

We’d be the first two to have a hug and a drink afterwards,” he said. “He gets a bit grouchy, it’s a very late night for him.

“Every now and again you’ve got to put him back in his box and give him some hot milk, put him down for a couple of hours and he wakes up just fine.”

The pair clashed last month after O’Leary stuck up for Joe McElderry, after Walsh criticised his performance of Circle Of Life.

Meanwhile O’Leary added that Simon Cowell won’t be too pleased if favourite McElderry wins on Sunday, as it will be the second year running that Cheryl Cole has beaten one of his acts.

“Watch out for Cole,” he told the paper. “She does so well because she’s like a big sister to her acts and there’s a real warmth about her.

“But if she wins again Simon will go insane. There’s real competition between the judges and he desperately wants to win.”