Former X Factor runner up also admits he struggles to deal with public criticism
The song ‘Let Me In’ was penned for the former X Factor runner up’s recent LP ‘Never Been Better’.
But Murs admitted he didn’t like the original version, claiming it needed to be “a little more commercial”.
He added: “I rang Paul with my version, thinking he’d say no, but he loved it. That gave me a huge confidence boost.”
The singer also admitted that he struggles to deal with public criticism.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “That’s people’s opinion, if they don’t like me that’s fine.
“The only option I had was The X Factor and that wasn’t easy, I had to do three auditions against 250,000 people before I got through. Even if you do get into the show’s top 12, how many people go on to have a career?
“It’s not the same as going on the road with a band, but both ways are hard. At the end of the day we all want the same thing which is to have a hit record.”
Murs and Caroline Flack were recently confirmed as the new hosts of The X-Factor.
The pair previously hosted ITV2 spin-off show The X-tra Factor, now moving over to the main ITV show following the departure of previous presenter Dermot O’Leary.
The show’s creator and judge Simon Cowell called Murs and Flack a “brilliant double act”, while Murs described himself as “incredibly excited and proud”.
Murs continued: “I love the show and it kick-started my career in music which has given me the opportunity to do what I love. I already have the best job in the world and it’s about to get better – I can’t wait to get started and be part of finding some amazing new talent”.
Olly Murs was originally a contestant on X-Factor in 2009, finishing as runner up to Joe McElderry.
X-Factor will return to ITV in the autumn for its 12th series.