Simon Cowell hands Olly Murs Xtra Factor ultimatum

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 February 2012

This article is from 2012.

Olly Murs

Olly Murs

Simon Cowell has handed Olly Murs an 'Xtra Factor' ultimatum, telling him he must choose between presenting the 'X Factor' spin-off show and his pop career

Simon Cowell has handed Olly Murs an 'Xtra Factor' ultimatum.

The 52-year-old music mogul has reportedly told the 'Heart Skips A Beat' hitmaker - who co-hosts the ITV2 'X Factor' spin-off show alongside Caroline Flack - that he must choose between his pop career and his presenting gig as his schedule will not allow time for both.

If the 27-year-old star continues to launch his second solo album 'In Case You Didn't Know' internationally over the summer, it will clash with the audition stage of 'The X Factor' and Simon has reportedly banned him from skipping the first stage of the talent competition.

Olly is quoted as saying: "I really want to do it but when I asked Simon if I could just do the live shows, he said, 'No, it wouldn't be possible'."

However, Caroline seems less than thrilled at the prospect of presenting 'The Xtra Factor' alongside a new co-host, admitting it would be "weird" if Olly wasn't by her side.

She explained: "They asked me if I'd consider presenting with someone else. But that'd feel just weird - I love Olly!"

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