Olly Murs Admits Just How Hard The X Factor Was

Olly Murs didn’t exactly have the easiest time on The X Factor last year.

After previously presenting The Xtra Factor, the 32-year-old stepped up to host the main show with Caroline Flack – putting them right in the spotlight.

At the same time, Olly was working on his music career. And now he’s admitted that it was incredibly difficult trying to balance the two.

Olly Murs hosted The X Factor with Caroline Flack


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He tells The Sun: ‘The X Factor was amazing but the schedule was hard. Then to add music into that makes it doubly hard.

‘I’m a human being, I can’t do everything. People forget you are on the biggest show on TV so as soon as you walk out on Saturday or Sunday night all the attention is on you.


‘Being an artist I loved the attention but every night it was just so intense. It’s the mental pressure of dealing with TV, the lights being on you, plus at the same time promoting your single and wanting that to do well.

‘It was mentally and physically tiring because of all the travelling I was doing in between it all. In the lead up to Christmas it hit me hard. I had a week in bed when I couldn’t move.

‘It was a bit of a brain freeze. I was a bit of a zombie. I had to have three or four days in silence when I just chilled out, got off my phone and had a bit of me time.’

Dermot O’Leary is now back on The X Factor


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Olly and Caroline have now moved on from their presenting roles, leaving Dermot O’Leary to take their place.

Let’s hope Olly is feeling a little less under pressure this year. Sending you lots of love, Ol.