Olly Murs: ‘I want people to see me as a singer AND a showman!’

For one night only, The X Factor star brings us music, special guests and lots of fun…

How are you feeling about fronting your first TV special, A Night In with Olly Murs?
“I’m very excited. I was over the moon when ITV asked me to do it but I didn’t want the show to just focus on my music career, I wanted it to include comedy – a bit like Saturday Night Takeaway. I want people to see me both as a singer and a showman, doing funny things and having a good time, which reflects who I am. It’ll be a feelgood, fun night!”

For part of the hour-long show, you’ve filmed a sketch on the set of EastEnders. What was that like?
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Basically, I get lost on my way to a gig… and end up on Albert Square, where I bump into Alfie Moon, played by Shane Richie. He was brilliant and helped make it a really funny sketch.”

And is it true you play a prank on your former Xtra Factor co-host Caroline Flack?
“We’re best mates, but she’s a bit gullible and has such a trusting nature, so I thought it was time for me to pull a stunt on her. I won’t say what we did, but she took the bait and totally fell for it! When she found out I was behind it, she punched me. She was not happy…”

Which of your songs can we expect to hear on the night?
“I’ll be performing the songs that have been big hits for me like Heart Skips a Beat and Troublemaker, plus my new single Wrapped Up and the title track of my new album, Never Been Better. I love performing with the live band behind me – it’s a great feeling.”

You recently returned to The X Factor to perform as a guest. Was it nice to go back?
“It’s always nice to go back. It always brings back memories for me of being a contestant in 2009 and walking down the corridor, getting ready to perform then getting nervous about people voting for me. I’m so grateful to my fans for their support over the last five years.”

You’ve certainly achieved a lot since coming runner up on the show. What’s the secret to your success?
“So many artists have come from The X Factor and, for whatever reason, it hasn’t worked for them, so I feel lucky that things happened for me. People just seem to like me and like my music, so I’ll continue to do what I do, as long as people want me to do it.”

A Night In with Olly Murs screens on Friday, December 12 at 9pm on ITV.