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Olly Murs 'in talks' to do X Factor with Caroline Flack - 'I would never try to replace best mate Dermot O'Leary'

Published 02/04/2015 | 09:07

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack on X Factor
Olly Murs and Caroline Flack on X Factor

Olly Murs has revealed he is in advanced talks with X Factor bosses about taking over from Dermot O'Leary as presenter - but only if he's joined by Caroline Flack.

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Olly (30) and Caroline (35) previously presented The Xtra Factor together in 2011-2012 and Murs has said he will not present the show alone.

Speaking to The Sun, he said, "There's no way I would even discuss doing the job on my won to replace Dermot.  Dermot is one of my best mates in the industry."

Olly described Dermot as his "showbiz brother" and said he would "never try to be" him.

Dermot O'Leary has left his presenting role on The X Factor, saying it is
Dermot O'Leary has left his presenting role on The X Factor, saying it is "time for me to move on". Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

"The only way I would even think or talk about doing it would be if Caroline was doing it with me because me and Caroline were great togehter," he added.

Dermot last week announced his departure via Twitter.

"After eight wonderful years on @TheXFactor it’s time for me to move on." he said.  Further tweets followed thanking the X Factor team and wishing the best to whoever steps into his shoes.

For Olly, being compared to "brilliant" Dermot is not what he wants and he feels working with Caroline would offer something significantly different.

Dermot O'Leary with Caroline Flack during his 24-hour danceathon for Comic Relief (Comic Relief/PA)
Dermot O'Leary with Caroline Flack during his 24-hour danceathon for Comic Relief (Comic Relief/PA)

Olly is currently performing on his Never Been Better tour and has 36 more dates to do and two more singles to release from his album. 

He also revealed that his music career is his top priority and he doesn't want his "music to suffer", although he feels a role on X Factor would enhance rather than inhibit it.

Olly also admitted he had been in talks for various roles on X Factor before, including judge.

"The judging side has a lot more scrutiny and people really turn on judges quite quickly," he told The Sun.

"Hosting the show is completely different because it's a little bit out of my comfort zone, even tough I have presented before with Caroline."

Robbie Williams, who has performed with Olly on The X Factor, has been mooted as a possible presenter, and Olly believes he "would 100 per cent attract more people to audition".

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