Olly Murs: "The X Factor's Young Stars Worry Me"

6 December 2011, 15:28 | Updated: 6 December 2011, 16:07

The 'Dance With Me Tonight' singer says he is glad his music career didn't start while he was still a teenager.

Olly Murs has said he's glad his music career only began at the age of 25 and admits he does worry about contestants on The X Factor who are put in the public eye as teenagers.

The 'Heart Skips A Beat' singer came runner-up on the 2009 series of The X Factor and now serves as co-host on spinoff The Xtra Factor, but says he was a "wild child" before entering the competition and is glad he has settled down now his career is doing well.

"Everyone deals with this X Factor dream differently," Olly told the Daily Star. "I've been a bit of a wild child as a kid and have been out and had my fun before I went on the show.

"As I got older coming into this I was more focused on my job and career and knew I wanted to earn money and be a professional in music," Olly explained. "I'm still ambitious and want to keep driving."

The 'Dance With Me Tonight' singer says although there can be pressure for those in industry to take drug, it has never really been his "thing".

The X Factor 2011 live final is due to air on ITV1 this weekend.