Heart Bingo Brand ambassador, Olly Murs, sat down with us and answer some fan questions from Facebook and Instagram.
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Olly Murs reveals what it was like working with Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran and Snoop Dogg
Are there any other music artists who you would want to collab with?
I would love to collab with loads of people.
I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have had music written from great artists. It’s been awesome. I would love to do a track with Calvin Harris, I would absolutely love that. I just think he’s so cool.
But I’ve always said that I would love to do something with the other coaches from The Voice. I would love to do something Anne-Marie, or maybe me and Sir Tom or Will.I.Am do something.
Is there any chance of a song with Ed Sheeran?
I have had a song from Ed, but we’ve never done a song together. Moves was a song Ed wrote with Steve Mac and eventually Snoop Dogg came on the track, which was mad. I’d love to work with Ed again. Interestingly, Ed has writing credits on my first album. The song, Love Shine Down, was a song he co-wrote.
Who has been your favourite person to work with so far?
I always think back to my experience working with Demi Lovato on Up. It was a lovely experience working with her. She’s a great singer, the song was brilliant, and I love the lyrics. Demi was just such a professional and easy to work with. Demi. 100%.
Is there a moment from your career which you still can’t believe happened? If yes, Which moment?
The one moment which stands out the most is my performance on the X Factor with the Muppets. We sang Dance with Me Tonight. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would be singing one of my songs on stage with the Muppets and meeting Miss Piggy. It was amazing.
Is there an album track or demo that you regret not making into a single?
Yes, I’ve spoken about it a couple times on social media. There was a song called Shades, which I absolutely loved and adored. I think it needed a bit of work but as a demo, it was nearly there. It’s had a really 80’s feel to it. It didn’t quite fit the rest of the album but it would have been an unbelievable song to release.
If you could be performing music in any decade, when would it have been?
The 80’s. I was born in the 80’s but I would love to have performed in the 80’s. I loved everything about the 80’s. The synths, the sounds, the colours, the haircuts I would have loved to have worked with Nile Rodgers and done a Let’s Dance video like he did with Bowie. The whole era of music was amazing for me.
Which albums would you say did you enjoy writing the most?
As an album, I loved making 24 Hrs the most. I really went “in” and focused on my writing. I had a lot of emotions that I wanted to get out. The writers I worked with were amazing at helping bring those emotions out onto paper.
It’s my favourite album so far. There are so many great songs on there. It might sound strange or sad to listen to your own music, but I personally listen to 24 Hrs the most.
Are you planning on releasing new music anytime soon?
I’m hoping to release new music soon. But I needed this time to focus on myself, my love life, my family. It hasn’t been the right time. But hopefully you’ll be getting new music soon.
Olly Murs reveals his guilty pleasures, favourite TV shows and the last time he was starstruck
If you had a choice to go on any celebrity reality TV show, what would it be? Dancing on Ice, Strictly Come Dancing or I’m a Celebrity?
I would probably say, I’m a Celebrity, because Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing on Ice would not be great for my knee right now. I had a leg injury last summer and it’s still on the mend. In my current situation, I’m a Celebrity. Possibly not Gwrych Castle. I would prefer to go out to Australia and chill with everyone in the jungle.
When was the time you were starstruck by another celebrity and who was it?
The last time I was starstruck was when I met Eric Cantona. It was at a Soccer Aid event a few years back. Cantona is an icon in Man United and an icon in my life, so meeting him was mind-blowing for me.
It’s not exactly starstruck, but when Madonna did her Dance with Me TikTok Challenge video and Drew Barrymore did a TikTok video to the song too. I was shocked to see those two dancing to one of my songs.
Messi or Ronaldo?
Obviously, Cristiano. He’s my man, he’s the best football player in the world. Messi is incredible but it’s all about Ronaldo.
What made you decide to play and be a director for Coggeshall Town FC?
Mainly it’s my love of football. My uncle was also a manager there, and my uncle would often babysit me there as a kid growing up. I love the club and it gave me a chance to get away from the madness of the celebrity part of my life.
It gave me a chance to be part of the real world again, being part of a proper football team. It was great and I really enjoy it. Even now, we’re having a bad season – we’re doing okay but by our standards, it’s bad. It’s great, I love being around all the boys, dressing room banter and the feel of watching football every Saturday. I love it. It’s kind of like a hobby. It gives me the chance to do something I love other than music.
What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is custard and jelly. I have been eating it every day.
Who plays the best pranks, you or your wife?
Me. 100%. Mine are much more thought out and planned. Hers a little more off the cuff. I’m the best pranker and she’d probably admit that as well.
What is the most memorable place you’ve ever been?
I would have said Bali two years ago and because it was incredible. I’m going to say Marrakesh in Morocco. It was a very special trip for me and Amelia. It’s a beautiful country. We went out on quad bikes in the desert, and we had dinner under the stars, the views of the desert were just beautiful.
What was the last series you binge-watched?
The last series I binge-watched was with Amelia, it was True Story on Netflix with Kevin Hart. Normally when you binge-watch, a lot of the shows have lulls, and you might even fall asleep during it. But with True Story, I was hooked within the first minute of putting it on and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I really recommend watching it.
It’s very, very good, there’s loads of twists and turns and the ending is brilliant.