Olly tips Geri Halliwell for X-Factor

Olly Murs is disappointed that Cheryl Cole has left for the States.

The X-Factor judge made her debut in the States and with Simon Cowell and Dannii Minogue also unavailable the judging panel back here is looking thin.

Olly was X-Factor runner up in 2009 and is disappointed that Cheryl has gone Stateside, " I think she should have stayed in the UK…we will miss her more than America will like her. I think she will do well in America, she's good looking but I think she’s only really been on the UK show for 2 or 3 years. I think she should have stayed but of course going to America is a massive. I’m proud of being British and proud of living in this country."

So come on Olly, who should replace Cheryl, "Tough shoes to fill. Geri Halliwell would be very good, I think she’s got great experience. The problem is finding someone who done reality TV and had a successful career in the music industry."

Olly is currently in the middle of a solo tour before joining up with JLS for a series of summer concerts. It means thousands of miles on a tour bus and Olly admits that has its drawbacks, "It’s a bit of fun, nice sofa, beds upstairs, an X-Box on it but it’s not the nicest smell in the world but there are 12 men on there!"

Olly's just released his fourth single, 'Busy' but the 27 year old (it was his birthday on Saturday 14.05) is always looking ahead and keeping things fresh "I’d love to, one day, be in an indie band, like Ordinary Boys. When I was growing up I wanted to be in an indie band or a really cool punkie band. I think that’s what really great about being a writer and get involved in song-writing being able to express yourself and that’s what happens on the second album. When you hear my new stuff you will be wow’s that a bit different…

"The first album has gone double platinum, which I’m really happy about I wanted to hit a million records, in this current market it’s very very hard but I think you have to set yourself goals and I don’t want to settle for second best. I was second best on the X-Factor so I’m determined to do well and be successful, hopefully the second album will come out and do well…who knows."

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