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Playlist: Dermot O’Leary

By | Published on Saturday 2 October 2010

TV and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary started his career in local radio but has spent much of the last decade fronting numerous successful TV shows, including ‘T4’, ‘Big Brother’s Little Brother’ and, most recently, ‘The X-Factor’. Between 2001 and 2003 he also worked as a presenter on Xfm in London, before moving to BBC Radio 2 in 2004, where he still presents a Saturday afternoon show.

Next week, he is set to release his first compilation album, ‘The Saturday Sessions’, with features session recordings taken from his Radio 2 show. Spread over two discs, the album features acoustic tracks and covers by artists such as Mumford & Sons, Biffy Clyro, Florence & The Machine, Lily Allen, Will Young, Bat For Lashes, Elbow, Kasabian, Imogen Heap and Amy Winehouse.

Dermot explains: “The Saturday Sessions is my favourite part of the show. It’s a privilege to hear such a diverse and brilliant range of artists singing songs you wouldn’t necessarily associate with them, which makes these performances so unusual and special. This album has really fuelled my passion for live music”.

With the album out on Monday, we asked Dermot to put together a Powers Of Ten playlist featuring some of his favourite songs. And here it is!

Click here to listen to Dermot’s playlist in Spotify, and then read on to find out more about his selections.

01 Fanfarlo – I Am A Pilot
I recently stumbled across this band, love them!

02 Bombay Bicycle Club – Rinse Me Down

I really like this band. I’ve followed them for about a year now and love this album.

03 Adele – Make You Feel My Love

This never fails to make my heart flutter.

04 Avett Brothers – I And Love And You

They did this on my Radio 2 show, it was beautiful.

05 Athlete – Black Swan Song

Stunning, the song tells the extraordinary story about Joel’s granddad who was a POW in WW2, trying to escape to get back to his wife.

06 Elbow – Station Approach

This song reminds me of getting home.

07 Biffy Clyro – Many Of Horror

I love this song, it’s a real lighter in the air moment.

08 Ryan Bingham – The Weary Kind

It’s from the film ‘Crazy Heart’. It’s just a really sad song about a guy’s fears of growing old and the struggles that come with it.

09 Turin Brakes – Sea Change

Indie stalwarts who never let the side down.

10 A Camp – Love Has Left The Room

This is just the perfect indie broken heart love song in three minutes and 37 seconds.