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Oliver "Olly" Stanley Murs (born 14 May 1984) is an English singer-songwriter and presenter.

Murs is best known for finishing as the runner-up of The X Factor in 2009. Despite not winning the show, he went on to have a very successful career in music, outpacing Joe McElderry —his season's ultimate winner— in record sales. To date, he's released six studio albums, with one of them (2018's You Know I Know) doubling as a greatest hits collection.

After competing as a contestant on X Factor, Murs later returned to the show in a presenting capacity. He co-hosted companion series The Xtra Factor with Caroline Flack from 2011 — 2012, and the duo would later replace main show host Dermot O'Leary for its 2015 season. Since 2018, Murs has been a judge/coach on The Voice UK.



  • Olly Murs (2010)
  • In Case You Didn't Know (2011)
  • Right Place Right Time (2012)
  • Never Been Better (2014)
  • 24 Hrs (2016)
  • You Know I Know (2018)

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  • Murderous Mannequin: In the video for "Busy", the lonely male protagonist builds himself a mannequin named Rose to keep him company. As he fully acts as if they are a couple and his friends politely play along with his fantasy, Rose eventually comes to life.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: He came second to Joe McElderry on The X Factor in 2009, but has since outpaced him professionally, selling more records and starting a secondary career in presenting.


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