■ The singer and presenter, 34, on singing about his ex, the secret to X Factor success and that now infamous Tweet
You’re filming the new series of The Voice. Are you enjoying yourself?
I’ve settled in lovely now — I’m part of the furniture. We all get on brilliantly and it’s great all four of us have come back. People got to know me last year and I hope they continue to like what I do this year.
What have you learned from the other judges?
I’d like to say I’ve learned how to win but I haven’t so far. Just by being around them I’m learning. I genuinely believe I could win the show with some of the contestants I have now.
Why do some people establish careers from talent shows and others don’t?
It comes down to luck, talent and the songs. You may have all the talent in the world but you release a rubbish song… I was very lucky, I came in at the right time when there wasn’t another male singer who was a performer and entertainer like me. I connected with people and it changed my life. A lot of it is down to song choices. I picked my first single to release, we believed in it as a team and it went to No. 1 — but things could have gone differently, I could have released a different song. It’s about luck, the songs and being in the right place at the right time.
Is there a theme to the new album?
I wanted to do an album that was fun and where I could have a good time. The last album was very emotional. With this I wanted to try different ideas. It wasn’t all about how sad I was feeling.
Was it difficult touring the last album and singing songs about your former relationship every night?
It was tough. You get used to it. There was an element of me thinking about my ex but it wasn’t that bad.
When Louise Minchin interviewed you on BBC Breakfast did she explain why she’d blocked you on Twitter?
No, she was still working after we talked so I didn’t ask her. It was all tongue-in-cheek. I don’t know why. Actually, I’ll look now… [has a look] Yep, she’s following me. We’re friends now.
How are you spending Christmas?
There’ll be an 1980s theme with my family. My mum’s sorting it out. There’ll be ’80s decorations, ’80s food, I’ll have an ’80s outfit. It will be a lot of fun.
What do you want for Christmas?
Anything non-dairy would be lovely.
Have you gone vegan?
No, I’m lactose intolerant.
Does that complicate Christmas?
Not really. Christmas is a time for joy and happiness and eating whatever you want. So I’ll eat whatever’s in front of me and worry about it later. As long as my mum’s got enough toilet paper it should be fine.
What was your best Christmas present ever?
The best was when my sister gave us all crackers and we pulled them and inside was a picture of her baby scan. That was how she announced she was pregnant. We opened up our crackers and there was my nephew.
You had an unfortunate experience last year in Oxford Street. Has it put you off your Christmas shopping?
No, I was back in Selfridges last week. I’m always in there. It didn’t put me off at all.
Was the reaction to your tweet about Selfridges being under attack over the top?
Yes. There were thousands of people in Oxford Street and they were running because they thought something was happening, not because of my tweet. If you see the timeline, my tweet was at least 15 minutes after it happened. It was a long time ago now. It doesn’t stop me from going out and living my life.
Was it unfair for people to hold you responsible when there was mass hysteria going on?
They used me as a scapegoat for it because nothing happened. That was people like Piers Morgan jumping on the bandwagon. But if you read what I tweeted it was what I was being told at the time. I thought it was important to let people know there was something going on, whether it was someone shooting or not. Something definitely happened that day and it wasn’t a nice experience for anyone to go through.
Where would you want to be in your career in ten years?
Still singing, enjoying life and having a good time with a clean bill of health.
What lessons has your career in showbiz taught you so far?
To expect the unexpected. Anything can happen at any point.
Album You Know I Know is out now. Murs’ UK arena tour starts on May 1