Olly Murs is reportedly considering quitting The Xtra Factor to join One Direction on tour in America.
The singer has been tipped to support his fellow X Factor stars on an upcoming US jaunt, forcing him to miss auditions for the next series of the show.
"Olly wants to crack America - and who can blame him for that?" a source told The Sun. "The One Direction lads are going down a storm over there, so their management are looking at getting them back out there as soon as possible after their current tour finishes on Friday.
"Olly's team are still working on a US launch date for his album, In Case You Didn't Know. The ideal time would coincide with a tour. But by attempting that he just will not be around to do the Xtra Factor audition stuff."
The insider continued: "It's quite a crucial show nowadays and can get up to three million people watching, so producers really want him to do it."
However, a spokesperson for Murs has played down suggestions of his Xtra Factor exit.
"Olly's album is now starting to break big internationally and this means we have to juggle all his commitments between promoting his own album and also doing the show," Murs's representative said.
"We are confident that talks will continue to be productive from both sides."
Murs claimed this week that his return to The Xtra Factor has not yet been confirmed, despite reports that he had suggested otherwise at a Dublin concert.