When unknown Olly Murs blew the judges away with his dance moves at X Factor audition in 2009
23 February 2021, 10:40 | Updated: 23 February 2021, 17:28
A 25-year-old Olly Murs appeared on The X Factor in 2009 and gave an incredible performance of 'Superstitious' by Stevie Wonder on the audition round of the show.
Olly Murs describing himself as a 'normal geezer' who just 'wants to be a popstar' back in 2009 is one of the most heartwarming videos we've seen in ages.
The then 25-year-old call centre worker was appearing on the audition round of The X Factor in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Danni Minogue when he stunned them with his voice and cheeky dance moves.
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When asked by Louis Walsh what his dream was, Olly - who is now a number one selling singer and a coach on TV talent show The Voice - replied: "To be a popstar, and be famous, and sell records and be an international superstar."
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After Simon Cowell told him: "Well, this is your chance," Olly launched into a soulful rendition of Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition' complete with cheeky dance moves and winks to the audience.
After he had finished – and the enamoured audience had stopped screaming – Olly nervously turned to the four judges for their verdicts.
"Wow," began Cheryl Cole, "Very impressive, loved the moves and I loved everything about it. You're a natural born entertainer."
"You have the whole package," chipped in Danni Minogue, "You're a superstar."
"I really like you," said Simon, and you're very, very, very cool."
Watch Olly Murs' 2009 X Factor audition below:
The X Factor 2009 - Olly Murs - Auditions 4 (itv.com/xfactor)
When it came to voting, Simon said it was the "easiest yes he's ever given" and speaking for the audience, Danni said: "It's two thousand yesses!"
Olly Murs famously made it to the final of The X Factor in 2009 and came second after Joe McElderry.
The Essex-star has gone on to have a hugely successful career and by 2014 alone had sold 10 million records worldwide.
Olly came full circle in 2017 when he became a coach, judge and mentor on The Voice UK and has been a huge part of the show's success.
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His personality has shone through from year to year and most recently the star performed with singing legend and fellow coach, Sir Tom Jones.
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On February 6 Olly Murs dedicated an impromptu performance to the virtual audience and the viewers at home.
Launching into a cover of Solomon Burke's 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love' the singer turned to Tom Jones and invited him to join in, resulting in an absolutely stunning duet between the duo.
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From working at a call centre to being on stage with Sir Tom Jones, Olly Murs' dreams from his 2009 audition certainly did seem to come true...!
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