|Birth Date||14 May 1984|
|Hometown||Witham, Essex, England|
|Occupation||Singer, television personality|
Oliver Stanley "Olly" Murs (born May 14, 1984) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and television personality from Witham, Essex who first rose to fame when he finished as runner-up in Series 6 of The X Factor. His was part of the Over 25s mentored by Simon Cowell.
Murs, who has a twin brother named Ben and a sister named Fay, was working as a recruitment consultant for a place called Prime Appointments in his hometown of Witham and was a part of a cover band called the Small Town Blaggers when he tried out for the show.
Murs tried out for the show in 2009 by performing the Stevie Wonder classic "Superstition". Wowed by his voice, the judges easily put Murs through. He made it past bootcamp to make it to Judges' Homes with Simon Cowell as his mentor. From there, Murs went on to the live shows where he shone, dazzling the public with not only his performances of songs such as "Fool in Love", "Come Together", and "Twist and Shout", but also his dance moves including his trademark move, the "Olly Wiggle'. He found himself in the Bottom 2 in Week 7 alongside Jedward, who were eliminated in a majority vote. However, after the series ended voting statistics showed that he would have been eliminated if the vote had gone to deadlock as they polled almost 1% more votes than him.
Murs finished second to winner Joe McElderry on December 13, 2009.
Post X Factor UKEdit
After the finale, rumors swirled over Murs possibly making an album right away. Murs later announced that he had signed a deal with Syco Music and Epic Records. His self-titled debut album was released in November 2010. It became a hit, debuting at number 2 on the UK Album Chart. It spawned the hit singles, "Thinking of Me" and "Heart on My Sleeve".
Murs, who later signed a deal with Columbia Records in the United States, released his second album, In Case You Didn't Know, on November 28, 2011. The first single, "Heart Skips A Beat", was number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and even peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Pop Songs Chart in the United States. His third album, Right Place Right Time, was released on November 25, 2012, debuting at number 1 on the UK Album Chart. The album's first single, "Troublemaker", which features American rapper Flo Rida, became Murs's highest charting single in the United States, peaking at number 25 on the BIllboard Hot 100 and going platnuim, selling 1 million copies. Right Place Right Time was released in the United States on April 16, 2013.
Murs is currently at work on his fourth album.
In addition to his music career, Murs has also worked in television, most notably co-hosting The Xtra Factor alongside Caroline Flack since 2011. However, due to him touring with One Direction on their American tour in 2012, Murs was only able to co-host the show during the live shows of The X Factor. He later quit the show in order to focus on his music career in 2013. In 2015, he and Caroline Flack replaced Dermot O'Leary as hosts of Series 12 of The X Factor, but their presenting drew huge criticism from the British public and led to Dermot O'Leary being reinstated for the following series.
Murs has been dating model Francesca Thomas since 2012.
- Olly Murs (2010)
- In Case You Didn't Know (2011)
- Right Place Right Time (2012)
|Series 6 Finalists|
|Danyl Johnson • Jamie Archer • Jedward • Joe McElderry • Kandy Rain • Lloyd Daniels • Lucie Jones • Miss Frank • Olly Murs • Rachel Adedeji • Rikki Loney • Stacey Solomon|