Olly Murs may quit Xtra Factor
- Bang Showbiz
- 7 March 2012
This article is from 2012.
Olly Murs could quit 'The Xtra Factor' after being offered the chance to support One Direction on tour in the US
Olly Murs is considering quitting 'The Xtra Factor'.
The 'Heart Skips A Beat' singer wants to crack America and has been offered the chance to support One Direction - who caused a stir Stateside last month - when they tour the US, but the dates would clash with the first set of 'X Factor' auditions.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Olly wants to crack America - and who can blame him for that? The One Direction lads are going down a storm over there so their management are looking at getting them back out there as soon as possible when their current tour finishes.
"Olly's team are still working on a US launch date for his album and the ideal time would coincide with a tour. But by attempting that he will just not be around to do 'Xtra Factor' audition stuff.
"It's quite a crucial show nowadays and can get up to three million people watching, so producers really want him to do it."
'Xtra Factor' bosses are said to be desperate for Olly to return and are considering letting Caroline Flack host the early shows without him until he is free to return.
The 27-year-old star's representatives are hopeful of resolving the issue soon.
His spokesperson said: "Olly's album is now starting to break big internationally and this means we have to juggle all his commitments between promoting his own album and also doing the show.
"We are confident that talks will continue to be productive from both sides."