What’s the se­cret of Der­mot’s suc­cess?

NTA pre­sen­ter al­ways means busi­ness

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He’s one of the high­est paid pre­sen­ters on TV thanks to his re­turn to The X

Fac­tor so it’s lit­tle won­der that Der­mot O’Leary is the man the Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Awards opt for to host their an­nual tele­vised event.

He’s done it for the past six years and will be back fronting it when it comes to The O2 on Satur­day.

Our Witch Twitch is in­trigued by the sharp-suited pre­sen­ter, won­der­ing if his aura of matey­ness is nat­u­ral or staged, so it was with this is mind that we sought clar­i­fi­ca­tion from the cards. Scratch The Sur­face What you see is what you get but only if it’s care­fully crafted and re­hearsed first. That’s the pic­ture the tarot is pre­sent­ing of the pop­u­lar front­man.

Our guides say there’s a lot of work that goes into mak­ing some­one as re­laxed in front of the cam­eras and live au­di­ences as Der­mot.

He may look like an or­di­nary bloke you could go and have a pint with but don’t be fooled. This guy means busi­ness. It’s hand­made suits, or­ganic diet and rig­or­ous fit­ness regime all the way.

He’s fun to be around but, ul­ti­mately, the 43-year-old is a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional. The job comes first. Our guides say he has the luck of the Ir­ish and was born to present. How­ever, any di­ver­si­fi­ca­tions are not well starred. Although, our Witch Twitch senses a fash­ion col­lab­o­ra­tion could prove lu­cra­tive for him. Friends and Re­la­tion­ships This is one slow op­er­a­tor when it comes to re­la­tion­ships – just ask his wife, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Dee Kop­pang who had to wait 10 years be­fore he put a ring on it back in 2014.

The BBC Ra­dio 2 pre­sen­ter likes to take his time with change and, the cards show he must feel a real con­nec­tion be­fore he can act. He makes friends quickly and eas­ily but, of­ten out of mis­trust, he is slow to tran­si­tion these re­la­tion­ships into deeper friend­ships or any­thing more mean­ing­ful.

How­ever, our guides say once you do en­ter his in­ner sham­rock, you’re there for life, with him able to for­give and for­get any trans­gres­sions or dis­ap­point­ments.

Our Witch Twitch warns there are oc­ca­sions when he needs to be more open to new ex­pe­ri­ences and re­la­tion­ships, par­tic­u­larly where work is con­cerned, oth­er­wise he may be in dan­ger of com­ing to a stand­still. Although with a re­ported £8mil­lion pay­check to present The X Fac­tor for the next four years, we don’t think he’ll be too con­cerned about be­ing stuck in this par­tic­u­lar rut. Na­tive Amer­i­can Totem The tarot cards show that Der­mot is un­der the in­flu­ence of the Na­tive Amer­i­can totem Elk. Not the fastest crea­ture on the planet but one filled with a height­ened sense of aware­ness and full of strength and stamina. This sug­gests that Der­mot takes his time when pur­su­ing a goal; he will al­ways achieve what he sets out to and will get there in the end with re­newed en­ergy. There’s no get­ting “burned out” for this smart and savvy chappy which is prob­a­bly one of the rea­sons his pre­sent­ing style is so laid back that he’s al­most hor­i­zon­tal. Our guides say why fix some­thing that ain’t broke! In­ner Se­cret Our man Der­mot dreams of be­ing a dad to an O’Leary brood. The tarot shows he pic­tures him­self as a dad who’s more of a friend and con­fi­dante than a dis­ci­plinar­ian – he’ll leave that to the Mis­sus. Our guides say he would love noth­ing bet­ter than to take his kids to the Emi­rates Sta­dium, to watch his beloved Ar­se­nal play. But, our Witch Twitch, warns that no time is the right time and busy sched­ules are in dan­ger of block­ing those dreams from turn­ing into a re­al­ity. A lit­tle bit of X Fac­tor in the bed­room wouldn’t go amiss, ei­ther. Prac­tice makes per­fect.

Der­mot O’Leary will be at The O2 pre­sent­ing the NTAs

Der­mot O’Leary and wife Dee Kop­pang

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