Olly Murs: ‘I rejected Paul Weller’s original version of ‘Let Me In”

Former X Factor runner up also admits he struggles to deal with public criticism

Olly Murs has hailed Paul Weller for allowing him to alter a song the Modfather wrote for his new album.

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.