Rumours have been circulating that Murs and his co-host Caroline Flack will not be returning to the show as boss Simon Cowell shakes things up ahead of the new series. Murs and Flack previously hosted spin-off show The Xtra Factor proving very popular but their chemistry didn’t appear to carry through to last year’s live shows.
Murs is said to want to concentrate on his music after finding it difficult to juggle both his career and his presenting duties last year. The star’s exit comes just days after it was announced that Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw will not be returning to the judging panel.
Olly says, “This was an incredibly hard decision to make and one I didn’t take lightly as I’ve really enjoyed co-hosting the X Factor with Caroline Flack. It’s been one big adventure and I loved every minute of it but my heart belongs to music and I want to concentrate 100 per cent on making my next album and getting back to performing.
“Last November, I was doing the show and promoting a new single and I felt increasingly like the music side of things had to be shoehorned into the TV schedule. Now that I’ve started working on my next album, I just couldn’t see myself having the time to do both in the best possible way.”
Simon Cowell says, “Since appearing on the X Factor Olly has become a household name and a real star. Working with him has always been great fun. It was fantastic having him on the X Factor last year and now this year he has to concentrate on his new album. In addition to this, we have agreed to work on some other TV projects together in the future”.
It is not yet known if Flack will be returning but it seems highly unlikely given that she’s allegedly in talks for a gig on the West End. The judging panel also remains uncertain with Rita Ora recently saying that The X Factor and The Voice UK were both fighting over her.
We think it’s a safe bet to assume that Cheryl and Simon will be back and sources are claiming that former judge Louis Walsh and One Direction star Louis Tomlinson are being considered for the panel.
Watch Olly’s music video for Stevie Knows below: