OLLY Murs is probably best known for being a judge on The Voice – but it was The X Factor that transformed the cheeky chappy Essex boy into a star.
Ever since his time with Simon Cowell, he hasn’t been out of the limelight for long – from appearances on TV to charity football games. Here’s how Olly has stayed relevant almost a decade after his big break…
PA:Press Association Olly Murs was a contestant on The X Factor before becoming a coach on The Voice
Who is Olly Murs?
He was born Oliver Stanley Murs on May 14, 1984, in Witham, Essex, to Vicky-Lynn and Pete Murs.
He has a twin brother named Ben and a sister called Fay.
He was educated in Braintree and played for the school football team and then played semi-professionally for Witham Town from 2006 to 2008, but an injury forced him to give up on his football career.
He worked for a local recruitment consultancy and used to perform in a covers band called Small Town Blaggers with his friend Jon Goodey.
Olly famously fell out with his twin Ben when his brother’s wedding clashed with him taking part in The X Factor semi-final.
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How did Olly Murs become famous?
Olly Murs first came to the public’s attention on The X Factor.
In 2009, he sang Stevie Wonder’s Superstition in his audition, which wowed the judges – Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole.
He had previously tried to make it on the show twice but failed to get through to the audition stage.
Olly progressed to the final during which he duetted with his idol Robbie Williams – who fluffed his lines as he came on stage but recovered with Olly’s help.
Olly lost the coveted X Factor crown to Joe McElderry but signed a joint contract with Epic Records and Syco Music and released his debut single Please Don’t Let Me Go in August 2010.
It went straight to the top of the singles chart and he’s been on the up ever since.
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How successful has Olly Murs been since ?
Olly has gone on to record and release four more albums, all of which have gone platinum and straight to the top of the album chart.
He also had eight top ten singles, four of which were Number One.
Olly has also turned his hand to presenting, which was kick-started when he sat in for Comedy Dave Vitty on the Chris Moyles Show on Radio 1 for a week.
He then co-hosted the eighth and ninth series of the Xtra Factor with Caroline Flack before they took over from Dermot O’Leary to present the twelfth series of the main show.
Both he and Caroline quit at the end of the run.
He has also starred as a coach on The Voice for the 2018 series and played for the Soccer Aid England squad for the fifth time in a row.
In November 2018 Olly released his latest album You Know I Know.
Is Olly Murs touring in 2019?
Good news, Olly fans – The Voice UK coach will be touring across Britain in May, June and July.
He has concerts scheduled for Manchester, Cardiff, London, Birghton, Hull, Newcastle and more.
Olly is also set to perform in Dublin on May 13.
You can purchase tickets for his upcoming tour by clicking here.
Melanie Sykes and Olly Murs secretly dated for almost a year
Does Olly Murs have a girlfriend?
Olly and TV presenter Melanie Sykes were dating secretly for almost a year, The Sun revealed.
Olly, and his fitness fanatic lover, 48, tried to keep their fling under wraps by insisting they were just pals.
But they have enjoyed a string of hush-hush dates at each other’s houses after bonding over their mutual love of keeping fit.
However, the pair have since ended the relationship.
Olly is now single.
Who else has Olly dated?
Olly exclusively told The Sun in November 2017 that ex-girlfriend Francesca Thomas broke his heart after the two split and she’s since become engaged.
The Sun’s Bizarre column exclusively revealed at the end of December 2017 that Olly was dating former Take Me Out star Emma Conybeare.
A source said: “Olly and Emma saw each other a number of times, they have a lot in common.
“The relationship ran for a few months but they’re still pals.”
It is believed their relationship fizzled as he stepped up promotion for The Voice.
Olly is currently single.
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What has Olly said about the Oxford Street Black Friday incident?
On November 24, 2017, Olly was shopping in Oxford Street at department store Selfridges.
A fight on a Tube platform at Oxford Circus station caused chaos around the West End on Black Friday, with hundreds of shoppers and workers told to flee.
Multiple people were injured in the panic and armed police were deployed as the Met Police responded “as if the incident was terrorism”.
Olly was heavily criticised following the incident as he had tweeted telling people to get out of Selfridges as he had heard gunshots.
Piers Morgan among others hit out at Olly but speaking exclusively to The Sun’s Bizarre column The Voice judge has reopened the debate over the incident.
He said: “Something happened that day. Whether it was covered up, I don’t know.”
He added: “I ran into an office after being told by the staff of Selfridges that someone was there with a gun.”Whether they were shooting into the air, or whatever, something happened that day — whether it was covered up, I don’t know.”
Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson hit the tennis courts as they tease their new music video