04/04/2013 06:15 BST

Olly Murs Confirms 'The Xtra Factor' Exit: 'I Love It, But It Is A Lot Of Pressure'

Olly Murs has officially confirmed his departure from 'The X Factor' spin-off show 'The Xtra Factor'.

“It’s going to be a shame not to do 'The Xtra Factor' again. I’m gutted because it’s been a huge part of my life for the last two years," he told The Sun.

The 'Troublemaker' singer was a runner-up in The X Factor's 2009 series, but now says juggling the presenting role with his music has left him feeling “more like a product than a human”.

Murs, who has presented the ITV2 spin-off show with Caroline Flack for two years, added: “I don’t get four weeks holiday a year — I only get one week or two weeks sometimes — and I don’t get weekends off like everyone else. I have missed that.

“Fundamentally, you need time off to refresh your memory and brain.

“I love it, but it is a lot of pressure.”

Last month, Murs said he's not recognised enough for his achievements, which include releasing three albums and selling almost three million copies.

He said: "People come from 'The X Factor' and they might stick around for a year or two, so I'm proud to carry on selling records, to grow a fanbase and be on three albums.

"It's a massive achievement and it doesn't get highlighted enough, the three albums I've released and the sales I've achieved. I think it's amazing and I'm really chuffed, but it doesn't get written about."

Asked whether it bothered him, the 28-year-old who is preparing to go on a European tour with Robbie Williams, said: "Of course it does... From an industry point of view, press too, there is snobbery that I'm from 'The X Factor', that I didn't come through the right channels, and they're not into it.

"I don't understand it. It's clear in writing how successful I've been and what I've achieved."

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