Singer Olly Murs eyeing up 2022 'Strictly Come Dancing' slot

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Olly Murs was hit in the face by a sun cream bottle thrown towards the stage by a fan. (Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Olly Murs is a 'Strictly' fan. (Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

Olly Murs has offered himself up as a future Strictly Come Dancing contestant, joking that his old boss Simon Cowell once banned him from watching it.

The singer found fame on ITV show The X Factor and went on to host the programme, while also enjoying a successful chart career.

But he also got into rival show Strictly in 2014 when his late colleague Caroline Flack appeared on the BBC competition.

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He told MailOnline: “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.

Simon Cowell and Olly Murs attending the Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS) in aid of charities Nordon Robbins and Brit Trust at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Simon Cowell and Olly Murs at an event. (PA)

“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.”

Murs, 37, said he would totally embrace the glitz and glamour of the ballroom competition.

But he said he’s not dancefloor ready right now because he has a stress fracture in his leg.

Caroline Flack attending the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
Caroline Flack was on 'Strictly' in 2014.(PA)

“I definitely think I've got what it takes,” he said. “But right now, my knee is telling me 'Olly, you haven't got what it takes’.”

Murs shot to fame when he auditioned for the X Factor in 2009.

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He went on to present spin-off show The Xtra Factor then in 2015 he took over as a presenter on the main programme, alongside Flack.

Watch: Olly Murs stops mid-show to help collapsed woman

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