Who is Olly Murs? Olly Murs is an English singer-songwriter and television presenter. He rose to fame in 2009 after finishing as the runner-up in the sixth series of The X Factor. His first two albums, which were both released following his appearance on the show, both went straight to number one in the UK Albums Chart. Early Life Murs was born Oliver Stanley Murs on 14 May 1984 in Witham, Essex. He attended Howbridge Junior School in Witham and Notley High School in Braintree, Essex. He also went to Chelmsford's College of Further Education. At school he was known as 'Olly Banjo', and studied music technology at the college.Career In 2009, Murs auditioned for the sixth series of The X Factor with Stevie Wonder's "Superstition", but despite impressing all four judges he failed to get through to the live shows. After a successful audition in the judges' houses stage, however, he was selected for the live shows as one of Cheryl Cole's boys category finalists. He finished as runner-up behind Joe McElderry, with Simon Cowell remarking that he was "the best contestant I've seen in six years". Following his success on The X Factor, Murs was signed to Epic Records. His debut single "Please Don't Let Me Go" was released in August 2010 and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.Collaborations Murs has collaborated with several other artists over his career. He recorded a duet with Demi Lovato titled "Up", which was featured on her album Here We Go Again (2009). He also collaborated with Flo Rida on the single "Troublemaker", which became his fourth number one single in November 2012. In 2018 he released a single with Travie McCoy titled "Wrapped Up" and another single with Rizzle Kicks called "Moves".Personal Life Murs began dating property developer Francesca Thomas in 2011. The couple split up in October 2015, but remain close friends. In 2019 he started a relationship with Amelia Tank.