A surprise engagement announcement is quite possibly the most exciting thing to come out of the X-Factor this year, particularly when it's relating to the much loved host Dermot O'Leary and his girlfriend of nine years, TV producer and director Dee Koppang.

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Dermot popped the question to his long term girlfriend at the beginning of this month, but it wasn't until Caroline Flack and Olly Murs slipped in a congratulations to their fellow host on X-tra Factor on Saturday night that the news became public.

When it was then suggested that that the 38 year old TV favourite had waited a long time before proposing, he quipped 'Well you don't want to rush these things!'

The couple met in 2002 when they were working on a TV show together, and whilst professing his love for Dee in a number of interviews, Dermot alluded to his girlfriend's career ambitions as a reason why they hadn't yet tied the knot.

When the couple bought a house together in North London in April, friends were quick to point out that a proposal was imminent. And right they were, Dermot got down on one knee at the Saxon and Parole steak restaurant during a mini break to New York. Congratulations to both of them!

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