Rio 2016: Olly Murs in quit row over city”s parade show
Singer Olly Murs has got wrapped up in a row after quitting the Olympic and Paralympic parade show in Manchester.
A spokesman claimed the singer was told to “completely change” his set 24 hours before the Rio 2016 homecoming party.
The call centre worker-turned star”s management said, as a result, it decided he would quit the show.
Manchester City Council said Murs absence was the first time an artist had pulled out of an event.
The council originally said the former X-Factor star had withdrawn due to “unforeseen circumstances” prompting the Kaiser Chiefs to step in to play to thousands of people who gathered in Albert Square to greet their Olympic and Paralympic heroes.
A council statement said: “We have a very successful track record for working closely with major artists on events in Manchester, and this is the first time an artist has pulled out.”
The council also said the show was complex and organised at “short notice with hundreds of people on the stage”.
Press and social media reported that the singer, whose hits include Troublemaker, was attending the Liverpool v Manchester United Premier League game.
It prompted Manchester councillor Pat Karney to tweet: “Lets just say we won”t be asking him to switch on our Christmas lights. Not impressed. pk.”
Olly Murs” management confirmed they withdrew the singer from the show because of a late change.
“Olly was asked to play the Olympic and Paralympic parade in Manchester on Monday and as a huge supporter of the Olympics agreed wholeheartedly,” said a statement.
It added: “Sadly after weeks of preparation, 24 hours before the parade he was told to completely change what had been agreed with his performance, and as such his team made the decision to pull him from the show.”
More than 400 athletes from Rio 2016 gathered on stage in Manchester for the city”s homecoming party.