Olly Murs says he was so stunned by X Factor judge Cheryl Cole’s beauty he could hardly speak when they met on the show.
Olly chatted to the Girls Aloud star when he returned to give a performance a year after coming second in the 2009 series.
He says: “I was standing there pretty much just staring at her, thinking, ‘She is so gorgeous!’
“‘Olly, that was brilliant, I really enjoyed it,’ she said.
“‘Thank you, Cheryl,’ I replied, while actually thinking, ‘Jesus, you are so good-looking’.
“Perhaps I should try to get her number. Or perhaps I should offer her my number. I couldn’t actually think of anything else to say. I’d got nothing else to say!
“There was a bit of an awkward silence. ‘Er, yeah, I’ve gotta go now, Cheryl, okay...’. ‘Yeah, okay, see you then Olly. Good luck with everything!’ ‘Thanks’.
“After the show everyone was texting me. Even though I didn’t get Cheryl’s number I guess it was my night in the end.”
Olly – who dated fellow singer Laura Henderson after they met on the show – also revealed that producers warned him to keep the romance under wraps to avoid losing female fans.