Olly Murs has made a come-and-get-me plea to Strictly bosses for the 2022 series, revealing Simon Cowell once banned him from participating.
The Voice coach, 37, revealed that music mogul Simon, 62, was even against him when he spoke of Strictly when the dance show and X Factor were pitted against each other in the TV ratings on Saturday night.
After being inspired by his late girlfriend Caroline Flack’s winning performance in 2014, Olly hopes to one day participate in Strictly, saying he would embrace the sequins, glitter and fake tan.
‘I’ve got what it takes’: Olly Murs made a come-and-get-me plea to Strictly bosses for the 2022 series, revealing Simon Cowell once banned him from participating (pictured in May)
Olly told MailOnline: “I’ve been saying it for years, I love watching TV just like everyone else and I’ve loved Strictly since Caz won it. I was a big fan that year and watched the entire series.
“I was strictly anti-Strictly because I was a huge X Factor fan, I was on the show, hosted it, and Simon Cowell said ‘you can’t watch Strictly, it’s X Factor, X Factor, X Factor,'” so I was always on team X-Factor.
“But when Caz went there and did it, I supported her and watched the show down there and I like music and dance, so it was a big thing for me.
“If my knee was 100 percent I would, but now I’d say no because my legs aren’t good. I have a stress fracture in my tibia.
“I’m sure I’ve got what it takes. But right now my knee is telling me ‘Olly, you don’t have what it takes.’ I would absolutely love the tan and the sequins. They wear nice tight pants on Strictly and everyone knows I love tight pants.’
‘I was always team X Factor’: The Voice coach revealed that Simon was even against him when talking about Strictly when the dance show and X Factor were pitted against each other (pictured in 2015)
‘I’ve loved it since Caz won’: After being inspired by his late girlfriend Caroline Flack’s winning performance in 2014, Olly hopes to one day participate in Strictly (pictured in 2014)
Aside from his knee injury, Olly would have no problem with Strictly’s vigorous training schedule.
The singer achieved the abs of his dreams after adopting his bodybuilder girlfriend’s diet and fitness regimen this year, earning him a muscular six-pack.
He admitted that Amelia’s grueling training was a tough commitment he couldn’t sustain and even he was shocked to see her ripped physique at her latest bodybuilding competition.
Olly said, “I can honestly tell my kids one day that I had abs. I was 37 years old and never had really good abs. I’m really buzzing I was able to achieve it.
Commitment: The singer achieved the abs of his dreams after adopting his bodybuilder girlfriend’s diet and fitness regimen this year, earning himself a toned six-pack
“You see a lot of these bodies on Instagram and over the years I’ve been like, ‘oh my god, look at that guy, stop posting pictures of your body’ — people have probably said that about me.
“But now that I look at people’s bodies and think you don’t realize how much work and effort has gone into that, there’s so much dedication that goes into it.
“I see how much effort Amelia puts into her body. The pictures you see, you can’t do that 24/7 and keep those abs forever. If you look at my body now, there are absolutely no abs – just a lot of Nandos!’
Olly has defended his two-year-old girlfriend amid the hurtful trolling she gets about her athletic figure, saying that “jealous haters” should improve their own physicality before they shame others.
‘I feel with Amelia’: Olly has defended his two-year-old girlfriend amid painful trolls over her athletic figure, saying ‘jealous haters’ need to stop body shaming
He added: “Amelia gets a lot of trolls and negative comments. It has more to do with their mentality.
“Maybe they don’t like their bodies and need to work on themselves before they start hating other people.
“Amelia is really proud of everything she has achieved with her body. Ultimately, the photos you see are not like Amelia is 24/7.
“When she was at that match even I came in and said ‘s*** babe I can see every muscle in your body this is crazy’ and she said ‘I know but this is what the competition is about running.”
‘I don’t know why people are ashamed; it’s more a matter of jealousy. It’s more your insecurities. I feel for Amelia sometimes, but she’s so strong and she doesn’t care.’
‘Disgusting’: Olly teams up with Peperami who challenged him to rate the worst food in Britain, including baked beans on Weetabix and a popcorn salad, which he described as ‘bad’
Olly teams up with Peperami who challenged him to rate the worst food in Britain, including cold baked beans on Weetabix and a popcorn salad, which he described as “disgusting.”
In the latest run of Peperami’s ‘Ban the Bland’ series, which also featured former football player Rio Ferdinand, Olly, whose father first made him addicted to the snack, was tasked with eating nachos and cottage cheese, one less than enjoyable experience.
Speaking about the campaign, he said: ‘When did Weetabix with beans become a thing? It was outrageous, how is that a snack? Who goes to their kitchen and thinks, ‘I’m really in the mood for Weetabix and beans.’
‘I like Peperami I’ve always had; it is one of my favorite snacks. I saw Rio Ferdinand and LadBaby involved and it’s fun, cool snack, and I had the best day filming.
‘I must have eaten about eight packets of chicken snacks while filming. I turn into a chicken bite. I messaged Rio and we both said we ate so many chicken bites.’
- Olly Murs has been challenged by Peperami to tackle the country’s food shortages and try out Britain’s saddest snacks. To watch the full episode, visit @PeperamiTV on Instagram
‘I’m turning into a chicken bite!’: Olly admits while he was ordered to eat a popcorn salad, he also got to enjoy eight packs of Peperami’s chicken bites while filming for the campaign