THEY have had a turbulent relationship but Olly Murs certainly isn’t singing Simon Cowell’s praises now.
He says The X Factor ordered him to remove a video of his 2009 audition for the show from his Instagram account, claiming it was content “owned” by the ITV series.
Now he has blasted the move, which is sure to infuriate Simon.
Speaking about the removal of the video, in which he belted out Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, Olly said: “I’ve just had to delete my audition on The X Factor ’cause apparently there’s a dispute between X Factor or something that I can’t use their content.
“Er, hello? It’s me in the f***ing video.
“Unbelievable. So I can’t post my audition that I did on X Factor because it’s been banned by them. Hahaha wow.”
Despite blaming The X Factor, the platform he got the video from automatically blocked it.
A show source said: “It has nothing to do with the digital team. Of course, if Olly got in touch with the show that’s something they’d help with.”
Posting a screenshot of the message he received barring him from using the footage, he wrote: “Really, The X Factor?”
He later posted a topless selfie and joked: “This picture will get blocked now ’cause I’m showing a nipple.”
The setback for Olly is the latest issue in a long-running feud with Simon, which started when he joined rival show The Voice as a coach in 2017.
Simon was believed to have been fuming about the move and didn’t speak to Olly, who said months later: “I don’t believe in rivalries.”
But Olly was extended an olive branch the following year when Simon offered him a job as a judge, but he rejected it.
Confirming he had been offered a position, the Troublemaker singer said: “He did.
“I love Simon and I love X Factor, I’ve got nothing but love for the show. It wasn’t about money, it was more about The Voice judges and the chemistry we had as a team.
“If one of them wasn’t coming back it might have been a different decision, but I just love the show and the people on it.
“They gave me an amazing opportunity to be a coach and to help other people. It’s great fun.”
In February he launched his latest bid to rival Simon by setting up a production firm.
Documents revealed that the business, Wrapped Up TV, would be involved in “TV programme production activities”.
Olly certainly doesn’t mind ruffling feathers.