X-MAN’S SE­CRETS

Global star Olly Murs owes much to The X Fac­tor and he now re­turns to the show to help men­tor the some of the hope­fuls Down Un­der

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - JONATHON MORAN

Olly Murs truly speaks from ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to The X Fac­tor. Hav­ing emerged as a global star af­ter plac­ing as run­ner up in the Bri­tish ver­sion in 2009, he’s now host­ing the UK show. He also shares words of wis­dom with our own hope­fuls in this week’s home vis­its on The X Fac­tor Aus­tralia.

“To come full cir­cle is pretty cool,” says Murs.

“I will be com­pletely hon­est with them but give them im­prove­ments as well, some­thing to go away and work on. No one is the fin­ished ar­ti­cle.”

Murs, along with for­mat cre­ator Si­mon Cow­ell, and pop su­per­star Rita Ora, all ap­pear as guest men­tors when the Aus­tralian re­al­ity show trav­els to Lon­don for su­per home vis­its next week.

The trio join judges Guy Se­bas­tian, Dan­nii Minogue, James Blunt and Chris Isaak to help cull the top 20 down to the fi­nal 12 that will make it to the live shows.

The 31-year-old didn’t find the ex­pe­ri­ence easy.

“I’ve never liked judg­ing con­tes­tants, I find it the hard­est thing,” says Murs, sit­ting with his shirt off hav­ing his trade­mark big hair blow dried in a green room at a sub­ur­ban Lon­don ware­house.

“Feel­ing like I’ve been there be­fore, to have an opin­ion on their dream and say whether they are good or not, is a hard po­si­tion to be in be­cause I re­mem­ber be­ing there my­self. All I wanted was peo­ple to like me and my voice and if you hear any­one say any­thing neg­a­tive, it was al­ways the worst thing in the world.”

Murs’ ad­vice to as­pir­ing singers is sim­ple.

“Com­pletely for­get where you are and sing your heart out,” he says.

Stand­ing out in a crowd is also hugely im­por­tant.

The X Fac­tor, Seven, Wed­nes­day 7.30pm, Thurs­day 8pm, Sun­day 7pm

Si­mon Cow­ell and Olly Murs will ap­pear in The X Fac­tor Aus­tralia.

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