Published Friday, 30 August 2013
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Speaking to Daybreak on Friday, ahead of the new series this weekend, the host said the atmosphere during this year's auditions was noticeably different.
"There's definitely a nostalgic feel this year," he said.
"I always think the show gets warmer and warmer as the years go on - no-one wants to see that Mr. Nasty persona anymore and you want people who audition to have the best day of their lives.
"There is a really lovely feeling going back into the room."
This year's X Factor hopefuls must first impress the judges in a closed audition, before appearing before a huge audience at Wembley Stadium.
And having hosted the singing competition for the past seven years, Dermot expressed his happiness at the return of Sharon Osborne.
"She is great, I was so nervous during my first year and she was so good to me, I am so happy to have her back.
"From a TV point of view she is the great enabler. She has brought Louis (Walsh) back into prominence, it's almost like he is an old sheepdog who has just woken up by the fire.
"Gary (Barlow) has a great sense of humour, she brings that out in (him) and her and Nicole (Scherzinger) are close.
"There is a really lovely feel on the panel."
Meanwhile sneak peek footage of Saturday's X Factor have been released showing young hopeful Hannah Barrett impressing the judges as she sings an Emelie Sande song.
Also featured is aspiring rock star Fil Henley who is tasked with showing the panel just how mean he can be.
The X Factor returns to UTV on Saturday at 8pm with the first closed auditions and then on Sunday, also at 8pm, with the most impressive acts auditioning again at Wembley.
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