Olly Murs



Deal or No Deal (contestant)


The Voice UK (mentor)

The X Factor (contestant, later Xtra Factor and main series host)


A native of Wickham in Essex, Oliver Stanley Murs had a childhood dream of being a football star; an injury prevented him from filling this ambition. He worked as a recruitment consultant, won £10 on Deal or No Deal, and took a year backpacking around Australia.

Olly rose to stardom through The X Factor. Though he lost the 2009 final to Joe McElderry, Murs was signed to Polydor Records, and had a string of hit albums through the early 2010s. He's remembered for songs such as "Troublemaker", "Please Don't Let Me Go", and "Dance with Me Tonight".

As part of a drastic restructure, Olly was appointed a host of The X Factor for its 2015 series. This series was widely considered a failure, and Olly's stilted hosting received more than its fair share of blame. He was more true to his excitable and playful self when he mentored on The Voice in 2018.

Books / Tapes

Many hit albums and other products.


Olly Murs became the first, and to date only person to play Deal or No Deal a second time, when in April 2012, he returned to the Dream Factory as a guest contestant on Celebrity Deal or No Deal. Unfortunately his second battle with the banker ended worse than his first, as he left with 50p. In a twist of fate, had he swapped his box, as he did in his first appearance on the programme, he would have walked away with £10 a second time.

Web links

Official site

Wikipedia entry

IMDB entry



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