Olly Murs says talent show contestants must make their own success

Olly Murs

Olly Murs says it's up to talent show contestants to make their own success.

The former X Factor finalist has said coaches on The Voice UK and judges on The X Factor can only do so much.


Olly was runner up on The X Factor in 2009 but has gone on to enjoy a lengthy chart career with multiple Number 1 albums and singles.

But he says he never relied on support from X Factor boss Simon Cowell for his success.

Olly explained: "When I did The X Factor, I saw it as just the first step of a long, long journey; I thought: ‘They’re taking me to the ocean, now I need to swim’. After the final, I knew I needed to go and find where I needed to go and I never relied on [X Factor boss] Simon Cowell for that.

"I never relied on anyone around me; I had to have that desire and belief in myself. All of us can only coach these acts so far, then it’s up to them.”

Meanwhile, chatting to What's On TV ahead of the The Voice final, Olly encouraged the acts to enjoy it while they can.

He said: “You’ve got to live it and enjoy it. When I look back at The X Factor final in 2009, I can’t actually remember anything that happened, it’s all a blur. But it was horrible – I had no preparation, I was stressed, singing one song after another with all these cameras in my face.

"So I lost AND I never really enjoyed it. So I’d say relax, soak it up and embrace it for what it is, because it will be their biggest moment.”

And Olly confessed he was keen to win in his first series.


Olly declared: “Honestly, I’d love to win because I know Jennifer won in her first year last year. It would be great if one of my acts could win but there is SO much talent, so if I don’t win, I don’t win. Whoever the winner is, I just hope they’re the best.”

Olly recently appeared on The Voice UK's latest series on ITV.

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