Olly Murs
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 14 May 1984
'Age 33
Hometown Witham, Essex, England
Occupation Singer, television personality


Category Over 25s
Mentor Simon Cowell
Placement Runner-up (2/12)

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.

X Factor UKEdit

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 released his fourth studio album, Never Been Better, on 24 November 2014 and the album's first single, "Wrapped Up" featuring Travie McCoy on 16 November 2014.

As of 2016, he has released five studio albums, four of which entered the UK charts at #1, making him the most-successful male soloist not to win the show. In June 2017, he teamed up with Series 13 winner Louisa Johnson on his single "Unpredictable".

Television workEdit

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.

Personal LifeEdit

Murs was in a relationship with model Francesca Thomas from 2012 to 2015.



  • Olly Murs (2010)
  • In Case You Didn't Know (2011)
  • Right Place Right Time (2012)
  • Never Been Better (2014)
  • 24 Hours (2016)


  • Please Don't Let Me Go (2010)
  • Thinking of Me (2010)
  • Heart on My Sleeve (2011)
  • Busy (2011)
  • Heart Skips a Beat (with Rizzle Kicks) (2011)
  • Dance with Me Tonight (2011)
  • Oh My Goodness (2012)
  • Troublemaker {feat. Flo Rida) (2012)
  • Army of Two (2013)
  • Dear Darlin' (2013)
  • Right Place Right Time (2013)
  • Hand on Heart (2013)
  • Wrapped Up (feat. Travie McCoy) (2014)
  • Up (feat. Demi Lovato) (2014)
  • Seasons (2015)
  • Beautiful to Me (2015)
  • Kiss Me (2015)
  • Stevie Knows (2015)
  • You Don't Know Love (2016)
  • Grow Up (2016)
  • Years & Years (2016)
  • Unpredictable (with Louisa Johnson) (2017)
Series 6 Finalists
Danyl JohnsonJamie ArcherJedwardJoe McElderryKandy RainLloyd DanielsLucie JonesMiss FrankOlly MursRachel AdedejiRikki LoneyStacey Solomon

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