Olly Murs: Simon Cowell may persuade me to stay on Xtra Factor
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 February 2013
Olly Murs has admitted he may be "persuaded" by music mogul Simon Cowell to stay on 'The Xtra Factor', despite the singer being uncertain of his return for this year's series of 'The X Factor'
Olly Murs says Simon Cowell could "persuade" him to remain on 'The Xtra Factor'.
The 28-year-old singer - who finished runner-up on 'The X Factor' in 2009 - has revealed he may not return to the spin-off show when the next series kicks off later this year, but he is aware music mogul Simon might have some tricks up his sleeve to convince him to stay put.
Olly told The Sun newspaper: "I've never said it was definite that I wasn't going back, just that it was unlikely due to my music.
"Music is where I want to focus at the moment - but you never know in this game.
"Simon Cowell has a very good way of persuading people to do things. I might yet be back on 'Xtra Factor'."
However, if he does leave, Olly is keen to stay close to his co-host Caroline Flack and hopes to work with her again in the future because he knows the pair have gained a lot of fans.
He added: "We've taken 'Xtra Factor' back up to having millions of viewers and Caroline and I have a lot of fans.
"It's been brilliant working with her, too. We have such a good relationship on screen. It's always fun and I'd love to do something else with her."
Former 'X Factor' contestant Rylan Clark - who won 'Celebrity Big Brother' last month - has been linked to 'The Xtra Factor' role should Olly leave, and he admits it would be his "dream job".
He recently said: "Every series needs a bit of Rylan style. It's the dream job, especially coming from the show.
"Not sounding big-headed but if you talk about 'X Factor' from last year there's three whose names you will bring up and I'd like to think I would be one of them."