Marcus Collins wants Olly Murs-style career

'X Factor' runner-up Marcus Collins wants to follow in Olly Murs' footsteps after the 'Xtra Factor' co-host "kept him going" throughout the competition

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This article is from 2012.

Marcus Collins

Marcus Collins

Marcus Collins wants to follow in Olly Murs' footsteps.

The 23-year-old singer - who finished second in last year's 'X Factor' - is keen to go down a similar career path as previous runners up Rebecca Ferguson and 'Xtra Factor' co-host Olly, who Marcus credits with "keeping him going" throughout the process.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I really hope to live up to the other runners up like Rebecca and Olly. Me and Rebecca are good friends and she's one of the main people I can talk to about the whole thing.

"Olly kept me going throughout the show. It was so nice that he'd been in that situation and he's was also one of the presenters in the show so it was really good to have him there.

"Both of them are really cool, they look after me. They're nice people."

The Liverpudlian star - who is set to release a cover of The White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army' on March 4 - still keeps in contact with his fellow 'X Factor' contestants "all the time" and he can't wait to see last year's winners Little Mix do well.

He added: "I can't get all the contestants off the phone. We are genuinely friends.

"Little Mix really gel well and I think that will keep them together for a long time. It's nice that I'm still friends with them, I still speak to them all the time."

'Seven Nation Army' will be the first single from Marcus' debut album 'Marcus Collins', which is out on March 12.

This article is from 2012.

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