Former “X Factor” U.K. finalist Olly Murs is media-savvy enough that he tends to give his most provocative interviews around the time a new album of his is released. So it’s that time of year again. (Murs’ third U.K. album, “Right Place Right Time” was released on November 26 2012.) In recently published interviews, 28-year-old Murs has talked about his penis size, his fantasy about kissing “X Factor” U.K. judge Tulisa Contostavlos, and the doomed romance between his “Xtra Factor” co-host Caroline Flack and One Direction’s Harry Styles.
Murs came in second place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2009. He has had several No. 1 hits in the U.K., including “Troublemaker,” the first single from “Right Place Right Time.”
Speaking about his penis size, Murs told Heat magazine: “I’ve never thought of myself as someone who has a big bulge. But this is probably the first time I will ever be arrogant by saying I have never had a complaint.”
As for the relationship between Murs and 33-year-old Flack (who often flirt together on camera), Murs hinted in 2011 that the two had a fling, but he says now that they have a strictly platonic relationship. Murs told The Sun: “We’re just really good mates. She’s a lovely girl to be around and she’s just brilliant. The only thing I worried about was that it was going to affect our relationship on camera.”
Murs also commented on the controversial relationship between Flack and Styles, who dated each other from October 2011 to January 2012. Styles said on Twitter that their breakup was a “mutual decision.” At the time they were dating, Styles was 17 and Flack was 32. (In the United Kingdom, the minimum legal age of consent to have sex is 16.) Flack told the media that she got a lot of death threats and other harassment from people about her relationship with Styles.
Murs told The Sun: “I felt sorry for her, going through that. It was really tough on her and Harry. Even now they’re really good mates and get on really well. People just assume she’s something that she’s not. All she did was fancy someone who was younger than her. For someone close to both of them, it wasn’t nice to watch.”
Murs has not had a serious girlfriend since he became famous. He told The Sun that he is still unattached: “I went on a couple of dates with a girl that went really well. But I’m still single as it’s just that time of year when I’m really busy. We’ll see what happens over Christmas. It’s hard — but I’m just really busy through work.”
As for who his biggest celebrity crushes are, Murs seems to prefer brunettes these days. He told The Sun that he’s attracted to actress Megan Fox, 26, and describes “X Factor” U.K. judge Nicole Scherzinger, 34, as “stunning.” In past interviews, Murs also admitted to having a big crush on former “X Factor” judge Cheryl Cole, 29, but he’s stopped talking about that ever since she publicly rejected his Twitter request for her phone number.
And there’s another “X Factor” U.K. judge he thinks is hot: Tulisa Contostavlos, 24. Murs told Heat magazine: “I’d love to give Tulisa a snog. Why not? She’d give a good snog, I think. She looks like a good kisser, Tulisa. She is very attractive, with lovely lips.” [Snog is British slang for kiss.]
“The X Factor” U.K. (whose judges are Scherzinger, Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh) has had a steep decline in ratings in 2012. Murs reckons it’s because Simon Cowell is no longer a judge on the show. Cowell was Murs’ “X Factor” U.K. mentor when he was a judge on the show, and he signed Murs to Syco Music, the record company he co-owns with Sony Music. (Cowell did the same for One Direction, the boy band that came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010 and has since become the biggest act to emerge from “The X Factor.”)
Murs described to The Sun his current relationship with Cowell: “I speak to him when I can. He’s not the sort of person you just have on speed dial! Sometimes we text each other and he’ll call and have a chat. But then it can be a few months before we chat again. I don’t like to be hassling someone. I think it’s important to only speak when you have something to say.”
From May to July 2012 in North America, Murs toured as the opening act for One Direction. “Right Place, Right Time” is Murs’ first U.S. album, and it will be released in the U.S. on December 4, 2012, with a different track listing than the U.K. version of “Right Place, Right Time.”
Murs has not yet had a big hit in the U.S., and he says although having a U.S. breakthrough is one of his goals, he’s not getting his hopes up too much about it happening right away. He commented to The Sun: “If it did come off, I’d be delighted. I’m not putting all my eggs in one basket. The UK is where I’m biggest, so that’s all I’m really interested in. If America kicks off it’ll be a big Brucie bonus. The UK is my bread and butter — it’s where I’m from.”
Although Murs is a hit on the U.K. music charts, he’s been a flop on the book charts. His first memoir/photo book, “Happy Days,” was an immediate bomb when it was released in the U.K. in October 2012.
But Murs can take comfort in the fact that he’s a huge concert attraction in the U.K. and Ireland, where he headlines arenas. As previously reported, Murs’ 2013 tour dates have been announced. They include headlining shows, as well as his stint as an opening act for Robbie Williams’ stadium concerts in Europe.