Former ‘X Factor’ Contestant Olly Murs Talks Britney Spears & Dream One Direction Collaboration

By: Amanda Hasaka / May 17, 2012

Brit's 'X Factor'!
Britney Spears will be a judge on the reality competition!
Olly's New Single!
Olly Murs is touring with 1D & has new music!
The British invasion is in full swing!

From hot young actors like Andrew Garfield hitting the big screen in The Amazing Spider-Man, to One Direction make girls swoon with their hit tunes such as “What Makes You Beautiful,” there’s yet another import from the United Kingdom who is ready to take America by storm.

Olly Murs, who was the runner up on the UK’s X Factor in 2009, will not only tour with the boys of 1D this summer, but he has released his first single in the states, “Heart Skips a Beat,” and it’s already catching tons of buzz!

Celebuzz spoke with the 28-year-old up-and-comer about his toughts on Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joining the US version of the X Factor, to a possible duet with One Direction.

How excited are you to go on tour with One Direction this summer?
It’s pretty amazing. I can’t believe it. It’s been an amazing couple of months. Getting signed, touring America, and my video for the “My Heart Skips a Beat.” So, it’s brilliant, and with One Direction, they’re great guys, great lads. It’s going to be so much fun on the tour. They’re just great guys [...] I can’t wait to get involved.

How long have you known One Direction?
I’ve known the guys for about a year and half. I did the X Factor in 2008 and they did it in 2010. I had a chat with them and got to know them more [...] We exchanged BBMs and numbers and spoke more since. Their ride has been amazing. Now they’re so well here in America, which is amazing.

Was the first music video you filmed for “My Heart Skips a Beat”?
In the U.S., yes it was. I’ve done seven videos in total and obviously, all them been done in the U.K. This is the first one I’ve done for the U.S. For the fans over hear, something fresh and new for them. We wanted to do something different for the U.S. and for the U.S. market – something fresh for the fans. I can’t wait for them to see it.

What was it like filming that?
Yea, it was the Rose Bowl [Pasadena, Calif]. It was incredible. This was the history of the stadium, and it’s such an old school stadium, so to be stuck all day with some really hot girls — it was really fun and I hope the fans like it. I hope it does well, so fingers crossed!

As a former X Factor contestant, how do you think Demi Lovato and Britney Spears will do as the next judges of the U.S. version of X Factor?
Everyone is so excited to see Britney Spears on X Factor in the U.S. It’s going to be phenomenal, she’s a huge, huge superstar. I think it’s going to be really interesting to see her behind the panel as well as Demi Lovato. I think that Britney is the biggest coup. I think for the first time in her career this is her opportunity to show off [...] her personality every week and seeing as she’s going to come across. I’m so intrigued to see how she does. I think she’s a great star.

You hosted the UK X Factor after show, The XTRA Factor, so who do you think should be the new host of the U.S. version of the X Factor?
I think Simon [Cowell] should ring me up. I’ll be the new host, no problem [laughs]. I had great time when I did it in the U.K. and I’m going to be back doing the second season so that’s like my second gig. It’s going to be good to do that again, but I think in the U.S. the benchmark for the X Factor is to get someone like Ryan Seacrest. He’s like the main one that has sort of personal touch really. But they definitely need an American. He’ll warm the audience up for me to come over and do it for the third season [laughs]. ”

Who would you love to collaborate with?
I’m a huge fan of Michael Buble. I’ve met him a few times and he’s a really nice guy. Someone that I can have a laugh with and perform with would be fun. I think he would be the kind of guy I’d like to work with, definitely. For the moment in my career, it’s trying to forge a career in America. I just want the U.S. adventure to start and hopefully people will like my music.

Do you think you would ever collaborate with One Direction?
I don’t know, you never know in this game. I’m managed by the same company as One Direction, we’re on the same label with SONY so you never know. It could become something in the future, but we’ll see. You never know.

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