X Factor contestants. Olly Murs says pull your socks up!
Simon Cowell once told him he was ‘very, very cool’ and he received ‘the easiest yes I’ve ever given’ when he auditioned on X Factor in 2009. There was a reason; Olly bothered to put in some effort.
He’s now got a bone to pick with contestants these days, after becoming seriously frustrated that none of them seem to realise the opportunity in front of them, and that most already believe they’re a celebrity before they even are.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk he confirmed what most of us are thinking – that most contestants are just in it for the fame.
He said of past X Factor years: ‘A lot of them are in it for the wrong reasons. A lot gave [me] the impression they were in it to be famous and not because they wanted to release music.’
He knows what he’s talking about, having come third on the show in 2009, then going on to present the Xtra Factor, and his X Factor career culminating in a stint as co-host on the show in 2015 he’s pretty much seen it all.
He added that the acts he worked with while on Xtra Factor were too full of self importance.
Olly said: ‘When I did Xtra Factor, they all believed in all the hype and believed they were bigger than they were. You’ve got to remember it’s X Factor, the biggest show on TV, but when you come off the show you’re not anyone. You’ve had one single, or not even got a single. Now prove to people you’re a real deal.’
Olly, who admitted he has yet to sit down and watch this years’ show properly, added that the acts would behave like they were already celebs, swanning around back stage like it was owed to them.
‘Hearing them speak on stage when we were there last year or hearing them back stage- their vibe, it was a feeling I got. When I was on the show I genuinely couldn’t believe I was on X Factor. Whereas some of them over the last few years feel like “oh whatever, X Factor’s like whatever.”
‘No it’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened in your life. It was the biggest thing that ever happened in my life. Even now. I just felt some people just didn’t appreciate it enough.
‘They think when they’re finished “I’ll get a record deal”. But where are they now?
‘Last year I was pulling my hair out going ‘guys, seriously?! You’ve got 2 minutes. Give it everything. Sing with a bit of passion.’