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Olly Murs on quitting 'Xtra Factor': "I felt like a product"

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Olly Murs has revealed that he quit The Xtra Factor due to his growing busy schedule.

The former X Factor runner-up announced that he would depart the ITV2 spin-off show as co-host with Caroline Flack after two series earlier this year.

The X Factor 2012: Xtra Factor presenters Caroline Flack and Olly Murs

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Caroline Flack and Olly Murs on 'The Xtra Factor'



Murs explained that appearing on the show alongside his music career had made him feel "more like a product than a human".

He told The Sun: "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. Everything that I'm doing now is for my future and for my family for the rest of my life, so I'm trying to build something for everyone. I'll always be working - because I love working - but it's about getting the balance right."

Murs continued: "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."

Olly Murs performs live on The Graham Norton Show

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Olly Murs performs live on The Graham Norton Show



The singer recently said that Simon Cowell may have been able to convince him to stay on The Xtra Factor.

Nick Grimshaw is among several stars who have been tipped to replace Murs as co-host of the ITV2 show.

Murs also spoke about where he wanted to take his music career, and how he hopes to be taken more seriously as an artist.

He said: "The reviews of the tour have been incredible. People who haven't necessarily been fans of me before have come along and loved it, which is always what you want.

"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.

Olly Murs


"But I do actually write. I've had four number one records so far, and I've been a part of all four of those songs. I love the process of songwriting.

"We've now sold 600,000 copies of 'Troublemaker' in America, which is incredible. I'm really pleased so far with how it's progressed.

"It's something that needs to keep growing. I need to get over there more if I want to make it happen. Is it something that I want long term? Yeah, maybe. But conquering the UK and Europe is probably more realistic. I think UK-wise I've done really, really well and I've still got more to achieve."

Murs recently stated that he needed alcohol to handle criticism from Twitter followers.

Watch Olly Murs's music video for 'Troublemaker' below:

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