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
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.