Olly Murs

Olly Murs

Olly went from nowhere to big star in months with the help of The X Factor


It's the same old X Factor story: Essex boy is plucked from obscurity (and an office job where he gives advice to people on how to save on energy bills), made to sing and dance his way through a number of challenges, goes through a few weeks of public voting and SHAZAM! - he's a star!

It looks easy, but we reckon Olly's a true professional. Sure, he lost out to Joe McElderry, but when he released his album post-X-Factor loss, he sure did better in the chart department. 

When Olly auditioned for The X Factor, he cited this as The Dream: To be a popstar, and be famous, and sell records and be an international superstar. Check, check, check and... well... that'll come.

Olly's first single, Please Don't Let Me Go, (which, by the way, was much better than the winner's single, The Climb... Simon, really?) went to number one in the UK and Olly's place in our hearts was secured forever more.