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Olly Murs keen for Strictly after Simon Cowell once banned him from watching it

Former X Factor contestant and host Olly Murs was forbidden from watching and supporting Strictly Come Dancing by his former boss Simon Cowell

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Olly Murs has revealed that he would love to compete in Strictly Come Dancing one day.

The 37-year-old was once banned from watching and supporting the show by his former boss Simon Cowell.

Olly hosted the 2015 series of The X Factor alongside Caroline Flack, and at the time the reality show was in a Saturday night ratings battle with Strictly Come Dancing.

“I was anti Strictly because I was a massive X Factor fan, I was on the show, hosting it, and Simon Cowell said, ‘you can’t watch Strictly, it’s X Factor, X Factor, X Factor’, so I was always in team X Factor,” Olly explained.

Olly Murs has revealed that he would love to compete in Strictly Come Dancing one day

“But when Caz went over and did it, I supported her and watched the show down there and I love music and dancing, so it was a big thing for me,” he said of his late friend Caroline.

“I’ve said it for years, I love watching TV like everybody else and I’ve loved Strictly since Caz won it. I was a big fan that year and watched the whole series.

Olly’s former boss Simon Cowell told him he couldn’t watch or support Strictly Come Dancing



“If my knee was 100 per cent then I would but right now I’d say no because my legs aren’t right. I’ve got a stressed fracture in my shin,” he continued during a chat with the MailOnline.

“I definitely think I’ve got what it takes. But right now, my knee is telling me ‘Olly, you haven’t got what it takes.’ I would absolutely love the tan and sequins. They wear nice tight trousers on Strictly and everyone knows I love a tight trouser.”

Olly became a huge fan of Strictly when his friend Caroline Flack competed on the show



Olly’s comments come after it was revealed that the singer earned £1.4million last year – almost £30,000 a week.

It puts him on more than some Premier League players, including at his beloved Manchester United where Diogo Dalot, 22, is said to be on £25,000 a week.

The X Factor runner-up joined comic Paddy McGuinness and Olympic stars Mo Farah and Max Whitlock in the England side who took on a World XI in a charity match at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium earlier this year.

Olly Murs and Caroline Flacked hosted The X Factor together in 2015


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Off the pitch Olly – who was a striker for his school team and co-owns Essex club Coggeshall Town – is sole director of YDKL Ltd, and accounts show he has £6,658,424 in assets.

In the year ending November 2020 he earned £1,412,878. Even after costs Olly was sitting on shareholder funds of £5.5million.

His earnings come from a singing career with four UK No1 singles and two BRIT nominations.

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