Sunday 4 December 2016

Olly Murs follows Nick Grimshaw and Caroline Flack out the X Factor door

Published 22/02/2016 | 07:34

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack
Olly Murs and Caroline Flack

Olly Murs has quit as a presenter on The X Factor just days after it emerged Nick Grimshaw had given up his job on the judging panel.

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The singer said he had chosen not to return to the ITV show later this year in order to dedicate more time to his music.

He told The Sun: "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.

"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% on making my next album and getting back to performing."

Nick Grimshaw attending the X Factor media launch in London last August - reports say he will not return as a judge for the next series
Nick Grimshaw attending the X Factor media launch in London last August - reports say he will not return as a judge for the next series

On Friday it emerged Grimshaw had told boss Simon Cowell that he had quit as a judge.

A spokesman told The Sun it was the Radio One DJ's choice, as starring on the show had been a "once in a lifetime experience."

Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw decided he did not want to return to the show over Christmas after negative reviews of his first stint on the show, according to The Sun.

The paper last week reported that Caroline Flack is planning on taking up a role on the West End, leaving her unable to commit to X Factor filming.

The X Factor pulled in disappointing ratings during its last series
The X Factor pulled in disappointing ratings during its last series

Producers are anxious to sign One Direction star Louis Tomlinson in place of Grimshaw - however Simon Cowell is pushing for the return of Mayo man Louis Walsh.

Cowell felt there was something missing from the show without his longtime friend on the panel - something viewers seemed to agree with as #bringbacklouis trended on social media several times during the series.

The talent show hit its lowest ratings ever during its most recent series, and with ITV acquiring the TV rights to The Voice show bosses are under immense pressure to make this year's series a ratings winner.

While Cheryl looks set to return to the show, less secure is the seat of Rita Ora - who may also follow pal Nick Grimshaw out the door.

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