X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary visited Dundee to unveil the shortlist for the National Television Awards.
The popular television personality was at the V&A to unveil the shortlist nominees for this year’s awards – the first time this has been done outside of London.
He told the Tele he was impressed with his first visit to the City of Discovery, adding that Dundee could “easily” host an audition episode of the X Factor.
During his visit to the city’s newest museum, he received a special gift from The Beano – a copy of the comic with himself as a character handed to him by Dennis and Gnasher.
He then revealed the shortlisted nominees before taking a look round the Ocean Liners exhibition.
He said: “The building is beautiful, I had no idea what to expect. I love the design and for me I like the way it marries really well with the town.
“You’ve got that east coast, Edinburgh, Aberdeen kind of era of architecture but also that it is really maritime, the fact it juts out and has that lovely granite feel on the outside. It feels really Scandinavian as well.
“I think it has the potential to be used for TV shows, it’s just about how many people you can fit in here.
“This is my first time in Dundee, I know the west coast better, I’ve not been up this way before, it’s nice.
“We could easy come here for X Factor, if you can go to somewhere like Newcastle there’s no reason why we couldn’t come to Dundee.
“The only thing is, would we get the people auditioning? That’s the key.
“I guess you would get everyone from Scotland and everyone from Glasgow.
“I didn’t expect a big cuddly Dennis and Gnasher to turn up today, and then be given that comic strip.
“For someone who had a subscription to the Beano and went to the post office every week whenever to pick it up. That’s really nice.”
VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said: “We are honoured the NTA has chosen Dundee to make the announcement of who will be in the running for a coveted award.
“This is the very first time that the nominations have been revealed in a live setting outside of London.”