X Factor 2013: Olly Murs insists he's not quit the Xtra Factor (yet)

Olly Murs

Olly Murs has insisted he's not quit the Xtra Factor just yet, although has reiterated it's unlikely he will be back.

The former X Factor finalist said last month he probably wouldn't be back on the spin-off series for a third year.

But Olly made it clear today: "I’ve never said it was definite that I wasn’t going back, just that it was unlikely due to my music.

“I’ve enjoyed The Xtra Factor, it’s been a great part of my career.”

Speaking to The Sun, Olly teased fans that there was still hope of X Factor boss Simon persuading him to return.

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“We’ve taken Xtra Factor back up to having millions of viewers and Caroline and I have a lot of fans," Olly said. “It’s been brilliant working with her, too.

“We have such a good relationship on screen. It’s always fun and I’d love to do something else with her.

“But music is where I want to focus at the moment – but you never know in this game."

He added: "Simon Cowell has a very good way of persuading people to do things. I might yet be back on Xtra Factor.”

But reports have also claimed that bosses are already starting to look for a replacement, with Rylan Clark linked to the series fresh from his stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house and the X Factor tour.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: “Rylan was a big character this year and has already proved he’s a natural TV presenter while filling in for Richard Arnold on Daybreak.”

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