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The Voice's Olly Murs talks Simon Cowell and X Factor

Nicola Agius
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Olly Murs made headlines after joining The Voice UK as a coach.

He rose to fame with the help of Simon Cowell on The X Factor so fans were shocked when he seemingly jumped ship to join a rival show.

Rumour has it that he and the music mogul are no longer on speaking terms, so when he appeared on Good Morning Britain today (March 8), presenters Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard asked him to set the record straight.

He said: "That's all paper talk. I mean, I haven't heard from Simon, I haven't spoken to him but listen, I'm sure we're great. I hope so anyway..."

But does he consider himself a traitor for joining the cast of The Voice UK?

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He laughed: "I think what people misinterpret is, when I came off X Factor I wasn't still part of The X Factor. I went and had my own music career and Simon was never involved in that, really. He was involved at the start of it but yeah...

"Listen, The X Factor is The X Factor. It's been a massive part of my life and I still love it. And I won't stop watching it, but The Voice pay my wages now."

Since ITV signed Olly up as a coach for The Voice, ratings are up 2.5 million year-on-year, and fans claim it's all down to him.

However, he modestly admitted he wasn't so sure and he opened up about how nerve-wracking it was to actually get the job.

"Oh don't," he laughed. "When The Voice asked me to do the show, they said we just want you to be you and have fun. I was like, 'Are you sure you want me to be me? Because I'm a little bit annoying!' But no, I have so much fun and I'm having a great time.

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"The first time I turned up was in a tracksuit, thinking we'd have a casual chat but it was a full-on audition! They were asking me, 'Can you pitch?' I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I can't do this!' But I just blagged it basically.

"I've always wanted to help people. I love the industry I'm in, I love music and coming from The X Factor and having gone through that whole process myself – and I've had so many great medals over the years – for me, to come and do this and see all these amazing contestants with their lives changing and taking the same steps that I took in my career, it's great to be able to do that. I'm loving it."

Good Morning Britain is on ITV weekdays at 6am. The Voice UK continues on ITV this Saturday (March 10) at 8.30pm.

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