He may be the host of ITV2’s Xtra Factor but Olly Murs knows that when it comes to business, X Factor boss Simon Cowell is ruthless. The former finalist on the show confessed this weekend to being scared ahead of the release of his second album, fearing that he could be dropped if it fails to make an impact.
Olly’s musical career has been mixed since finishing runner up in 2009, his debut single ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’ shot straight to #1, with the follow up ‘Thinking of Me’ also making the top 5. The two most recent singles ‘Heart on My Sleeve’ and ‘Busy’ however charted at #20 and #45 respectively.
The 27-year-old will release his latest single ‘Heart Skips a Beat’ from his new album on August 21, and is concerned how well it will do.
“I’m feeling the pressure,” Olly admits to the Sunday Mirror today. “The first album went double platinum so I’m scared I’ll be up for the chop if the second one doesn’t.
“Anything less wouldn’t go down well in Simon’s book. “If he notices the album sells one less than last time he’ll be wielding his axe.”
And Olly also confessed to being unsure of his future on the Xtra Factor if his second album doesn’t fare too well.
“The worrying thing is I’m doing two jobs for Simon now,” he said. “If he gets rid of me off one job, I’ll also get axed from the other.”
Olly takes over as host of the ITV2 spin-off this year along with Caroline Flack. The pair will make their debut when The X Factor 2011 starts on August 20.
Watch Olly’s new single below…