Olly Murs on leaving the Xtra Factor

Olly Murs

Olly Murs has been presenting the ITV spin-off show for two years, along with co-host Caroline Flack, but now he has decided to leave the series. The 2009 X Factor runner up feels shattered for leaving because it’s been an important part of his life, but he is positive that the next pick will be great. It’s going to be a shame not to do The Xtra Factor again. I’m gutted because it’s been a huge part of my life for the last two years. But I think whoever Caroline decides to pick, whoever the bosses decide to pick to replace me is going to be great. I don’t know if she would do it on her own. And we’ll see what happens in the future. I mean, you never know, Olly said.

Olly needs a break to recharge his batteries , because he has been working for the past years, and he starts to feel more like a product than a human being. And even though he loves working he needs to get the balance right. Olly opened up and said: I’ll always be working because I love working but it’s about getting the balance right.

I remember watching the Big Reunion recently and one of the popstars was saying that you do sometimes feel more of a product than a human being.

I don’t get four weeks holiday a year — I only get one week or two weeks sometimes — and I don’t get weekends off like everyone else. I have missed that. Fundamentally, you need time off to refresh your memory and brain. I love it, but it is a lot of pressure.


Last year was a very busy year for Olly, with a UK and US tour and releasing a new album that topped the charts. Olly also said that he doesn’t want to be considered as an X Factor ‘flash-in-the-pan’. He is involved in the song writing process, which he absolutely loves, and he wants people to know that. It’s been great to show different sides to my personality as an artist and as a musician. I love playing the guitar and it’s nice to show people that I’m capable of that. There’s always this stigma with X Factor — people think you come off the show and you record in booths and you don’t even hear the songs, you just do them. But I do actually write. I’ve had four No1 records so far and I’ve been a part of all four of those songs. I love the process of song writing, Olly said.

On the long term Olly wants to keep on growing, and conquer UK and Europe, even though in UK he’s done really well he believes there is still a lot for him to achieve. This summer he will travel with Robbie Williams across Europe, as a support act. And he is really excited about that: |Obviously the Robbie Williams tour is going to be huge. And on the football field it’s  Murs vs Williams. We are literally going to have a five-a-side game. I’ve told him about it. I’ve sent him pictures of me and the team. He’s ready for it .I think secretly he’s getting the guys in shape for it for sure.

If he got injured before a big show I could always cover for him, it’s not a problem. Joking aside, it’ll be good fun. But it will just be good to hang out with Robbie. For me a tour is about not only going out there and doing a great performance.

It’s also about enjoying it with the people around you .I think that’s why Robbie’s got me on tour, not just because he wants me to put on a good show but genuinely because I’m a good guy, I’m a good mate of his and we can have a bit of a laugh.

Olly took part of the recent ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble’ craze, when he asked the public at his London O2 arena gig on Saturday to sing the song. Olly loves the song and thinks Ant and Dec’s performance on Saturday Night Takeaway was brilliant.