O’Leary’s not worried about slipping viewing figures or the ongoing battle with the BBC’s Saturday night entertainment juggernaut Strictly Come Dancing.
“The way people watch X Factor is very different to the way people watch Strictly. A lot of our audience know that they can go out on a Saturday night and watch it on catch-up, or the kids go to bed and they watch it as a family the following morning.
“I don’t know if the audiences overlap as much as we all think they do,” he adds. “The competition’s healthy.”
So when will we – ahem, we mean – he know about this year’s series? “Usually we talk in about mid-February.”
Meanwhile, as well as his regular Radio 2 show, O’Leary will be back on our screens next Wednesday evening to host the National Television Awards.