X Factor: Olly Murs ‘confirms’ presenter job

Now we’re over the trauma of Dermot O’Leary quitting The X Factor, we’ve got everything crossed for Olly Murs to replace him.


by Jack White |
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And it looks like it’s going to happen.

Despite previously refusing to confirm or deny the rumours, Olly, 30, has admitted he and boss Simon Cowell, 55, ARE in talks for him to take the job.

Speaking to Spin1038, X Factor alumni Olly said: “I haven’t got it yet. We’ve spoken about it in the papers but nothing’s been finalised or nothing’s been signed yet.

Olly presenting The Xtra Factor with Caroline
Olly presenting The Xtra Factor with Caroline

“We’ve had a few discussions, that’s about it really.”

There’s no doubt that Olly is more than qualified for the job. He’s one of the shows biggest success stories and previously enjoyed a successful stint as a co-presenter of The Xtra Factor, alongside Caroline Flack.

Viewers loved the chemistry between Olly and 35-year-old Caroline, something it seems he is keen to recreate for the main show.

He also appeared as a guest judge for Gary Barlow

He continued: “Me and Caroline have obviously spoken about the idea of it, but like I say, it’s just an idea at the moment, nothing’s been finalised.”

We’ve got a feeling there’s more than a good chance Si will give Olly the job, considering he’s never been shy about heaping praise upon the cheeky Essex boy.

Speaking previously, Simon said: “Olly Murs is exactly the same guy as when I first met him, he hasn’t changed one bit, and I love that!

“As long as you keep everybody grounded, I say, ‘all I can promise you is an opportunity’, and to take that opportunity and make the most of it.”



Sibling feuds, musical dreams and secret girlfriends: Olly Murs' life in pictures

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Oliver Stanley Murs - Born 14 May 1984, aged 30.

Oliver Stanley Murs - Born 14 May 1984, aged 30.

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From Witham, Essex.

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His parents are Vickylynn and Pete.

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He has a younger sister Fay and twin brother Ben.

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Olly originally wanted to be a footballer, and is a Manchester United fan.

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Before the X Factor, Olly worked in a call centre answering the phones.

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He also appeared on Deal or No Deal, winning just £10.

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He auditioned for the sixth series of the X Factor in 2009, winning over the judges with his rendition of Stevie Wonder's Superstition.

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While on the show, Olly fell out with his twin brother Ben after his X Factor schedule meant he missed his wedding.

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Olly made it all the way to the final, coming runner-up to Joe McElderry.

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Despite just missing out on winning the show, Simon Cowell gave Olly a record deal in 2010.

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He might not have won his series, but Olly Murs has gone on to become one of the most successful X Factor acts ever. But behind-the-scenes there's been bitter feuds with family members, and even a secret relationship. Here's his life in pictures.

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He released his debut single Please Don't Let Me Go in August that year, followed by his self-titled album in November.

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In November 2011 Olly released his second album, In Case You Didn't Know which went straight to number one.

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That year he took part in the Comic Relief trek through the Kaisut Desert in north Kenya, alongside Dermot O'Leary.

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Olly returned to the X Factor in 2012, co-hosting the Xtra Factor alongside Caroline Flack.

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Happy Days, Olly's autobiography, was released in October that year.

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Olly released his third album Right Place, Right Time in November 2012.

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In April 2013 Olly featured in an episode of 90210.

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It was revealed in 2013 that Olly had been in a relationship with model Francesca Thomas since 2012.

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Olly released his fourth album, Never Been Better, in November 2014.

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