But – hurrah! – O’Leary can’t call my mum, because he’s gone and personally confirmed he’ll be digging out his dancing shoes again.
“I’ll speak to my choreographer. I think we’ve got to do a few with the tongue firmly in its cheek,” the returning host told This Morning’s Eamonn and Ruth.
Lovely. And I didn’t even have to mention it.
As for the series itself, O’Leary said we should expect a “very warm” and “very funny” series. “It doesn’t feel cruel,” he added, saying returning judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne are all getting along. Albeit with a few sparks flying: “Sharon coming back adds an extra oomph and Louis is standing up to Simon a bit more.”