Olly Murs life and biography

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Olly Murs biography

Date of birth : 1984-05-14
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Essex, England
Nationality : English
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-11-28
Credited as : Singer, X Factor, "Heart Skips a Beat"

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Olly Stanley Murs is from Essex, England. He attended Notley High School where he was a star striker in the school’s football team. He also played semi-professionally for Witham Town. He works as an energy advisor in a call centre. He has previously appeared on the TV show Deal or No Deal, where he won £10.

The X Factor
He performed “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder in his first audition and Simon Cowell said it was “the easiest yes I have ever given”. On the first live show he sang Robbie Williams’ “She’s the One” and on the second, Tina Turner’s “Fool in Love,” a performance which Cowell described as being “in a different league.” For week three he took on “Bewitched” by Steve Lawrence. Walsh commented that he was the “dark horse of the competition,” and Cole said he was “coming into his own each week.” He has frequently employed dance moves in his performance including his trademark “Olly wiggle.” In week 4 he sang “Come Together” by The Beatles and again received positive comments, with Walsh predicting, “I think you’re in the final three,” and Cowell saying he was “progressing better than just about everybody.” In week 5 he performed “Twist and Shout” and in week 6 “Don’t Stop Me Now” after which he was labelled by Minogue as, “absolutely the best performer we have on the show by far.”

After a performance of “Fastlove”, he was in the bottom two in week 7, with John & Edward, but was saved when Minogue, Cole and Cowell decided to send John & Edward home. When the voting statistics were later released on The X Factor website, they revealed that had the judges’ vote gone into deadlock, Murs would have been sent home on popular vote, as John and Edward gained 10.7% of the popular vote against just 9.8% to Murs. In the semi-finals Murs had to miss the wedding of his brother. The ceremony took place just 16 miles from the show’s studio, but Cowell, his mentor, had great reservations about letting him off for a few hours on this crucial semi-final day. He sang The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It” and the John Lennon/Paul McCartney composition “We Can Work It Out” in the semi-final and ended up as one of the three finalists, breaking down in tears upon hearing the result.

In the final on 12 December 2009, he repeated his audition song, Stevie Wonder’s “Supersition”, following which Cowell said putting him in the final 12 was “the best risk I have ever taken in my life”. Murs then sang with Robbie Williams on a duet of “Angels”. Williams fluffed his lines as he walked on stage to join Murs and came in at the wrong time, singing the second line of the song, but was helped by Murs to find the right spot. There was then a repeat performance of his week 2 song “Fool in Love.” Murs qualified for the final two and first sang a repeat performance of “Twist and Shout”, following which Louis Walsh commented, “You’re a born, born showman and no matter what happens tonight you’re going to have a great career in music.” In his final performance on the show he performed the winner’s song, the “The Climb”, finishing it in tears. He was told by Cole, “You absolutely tore it from your soul. I’ve never heard you sing like that. I thought it was a beautiful version of the song.” He lost the final to Joe McElderry on December 13, 2009 and finished as the runner-up.

Rumours began that Murs would record a debut album almost immediately after the final, where he finished in second place to Joe McElderry. After the rumours broke out, Murs announced he signed a joint record deal between Epic Records and Syco Music in February 2010. It was announced that Murs began working with John Shanks and Eg White.His debut album was released in November 2010; which was a self-titled album, Olly Murs. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number two, with the biggest week one album sales for a debut album in 2010.

Murs had started working on his second studio album. He said he would take the album from a different approach and said he would like to rap stating; "I'm secretly not a bad rapper, I really like to do a bit of beat boxing, Eminem is always a favourite, or maybe Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby" is a classic."

Murs also confirmed that he would like to record a duet with Robbie Williams on the album, like he performed with him on The X Factor Live Final. Murs also revealed that he will build himself a more of a "soulful" sound. He said that the second album is really different to the first single of the album. He said the first single is a summer song, but the album's completely different. It has recently been revealed that the name of Olly's second album is "In Case You Didn't Know".

Murs confirmed that the first single from the album would be called "Heart Skips a Beat", the lead single from the album; which peaked at number one on the 28th August 2011, giving Murs his second number one single. The song was confirmed the feature rapping duo, Rizzle Kicks. Murs said that the song is one of his favourite tracks of his new album; saying, "I'm loving the tune at the moment. It's going down really, really well."

On 29 September 2011, Olly won the award for "Best Male Artist" at the BT Digital Music Awards.In October 2011, Olly Murs won the 'Best Album' award at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, a series of awards that are nominated by teenagers. Olly Murs was the favourite for his album 'Olly Murs.'

He was on X Factor with his last single,joined by The Muppets on november 27 2011. They performed his latest single called "Dance With With Me Tonight".

-Olly Murs (2010)
-In Case You Didn't Know (2011)

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