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Murs to quit Xtra Factor for US?

Olly Murs may quit The Xtra Factor to go on tour - with X Factor finalists One Direction.

The X Factor bosses are apparently keen to have the In Case You Didn't Know singer on board to present the ITV2 spin-off show with Caroline Flack again this year and the auditions are about to begin.

But Olly is keen to build his name in America, and is considering supporting the boyband on their US tour, The Sun reports.

A source told the newspaper: "Olly wants to crack America - and who can blame him for that? The One Direction lads are going down a storm over there so their management are looking at getting them back out there as soon as possible after their current tour finishes on Friday.

"Olly's team are still working on a US launch date for his album, In Case You Didn't Know. The ideal time would coincide with a tour. But by attempting that he just will not be around to do the Xtra Factor audition stuff.

"It's quite a crucial show nowadays and can get up to three million people watching, so producers really want him to do it."

Producers are reportedly considering letting Olly miss the audition stages and just return in time to present the show for the live finals.

The singer's spokesman told the paper: "Olly's album is now starting to break big internationally and this means we have to juggle all his commitments between promoting his own album and also doing the show.

"We are confident that talks will continue to be productive from both sides."

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