The Voice: Why Olly Murs once performed at an Essex school – Essex Live

Sell-out tours, number one singles and hundreds of thousands of albums sold.

To say Olly Murs has been a success would be an understatement.

As the 36-year-old singer currently dominates our Saturday evenings as a host on The Voice, Olly Murs is entertaining us just as much as he did when he first stepped onto our screens over a decade ago.

With dozens of shows, concerts and tours, it’s hard to imagine Olly ever setting foot in a school for a performance.

And yet it happened – back in 2009, Olly treated hundreds of excitable school pupils to a mini but iconic show.

Olly Murs is still the cheeky chappy we remember back in 2009
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It was the year that Olly was on the sixth series of The X Factor and had made it to the final.

As with all the finalists back then, the stars often headed back to their hometowns and schools in the build up to the final.

For students at Notley High School in Braintree, this meant an exciting visit from Olly and Simon Cowell.

It may have been a brief performance of his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’, but it certainly caught the attention of locals.

Olly went on to come second in the X-Factor to winner Joe McElderry, whose single The Climb hit number one.

Notley High School in Braintree
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Missing out on first place didn’t stop Olly from going on create chart-smashing hits though.

In 2010 Olly’s debut single Please Don’t Let Me Go went straight to number one on the UK Singles Charts.

Thinking of Me also went to the top spot along with Heart Skips a Beat and Dance with Me Tonight.

His debut album sold 108,000 copies and made it to number two in the UK Albums Chart.

While Olly may have gone far in his career, he never forgets his hometown.

Speaking to EssexLive earlier this year, Olly said: “It’s always great to come home and perform in your home town.

“Lots of my friends and family come to those gigs, lots of people I didn’t even know turn up, old school friends or people I’ve lost contact with.

“It’s nice to come home and it’s a different energy, I’m one of their own, I’m an Essex boy.”

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