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Olly Murs & Simon Cowell Homecoming is a success for Essex! With photos!


Olly Murs at Colchester homecoming concert copyright Sandra M Dean

Olly Murs at Colchester homecoming concert copyright Sandra M Dean

 Olly Murs was accompanied by his X Factor mentor Simon Cowell today on his homecoming trip to Essex! 

 Olly spent nearly the whole day today away from the X Factor house, to take a trip back to Essex to see his fans, friends and family. He went back to his Mum’s (Vicky Lynn) house in Witham, for a visit and X Factor judge, Simon Cowell even came with him, so that was a treat for his family!  They also went to Notley High School in Witham, where Olly went as a child and wooed everyone there – judging by some of the comments on my site, it appears that Olly perfomed (sung) there too!

Olly’s Mum, Vicky-Lynn, told me:

Olly went in a helicopter from London to Notley High School, Flying over the house about 4 times (that was amazing) he sang a few songs at the school. Then they arrived here at home. The neighbours were waiting for his arrival, which was brilliant as they only kept it to themselves so we didn’t have loads of other people arriving which made it very personal to them all. Simon came in for a lovely chat and I made him his favourite “butterscotch Angel Delight” and a Mug of tea, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Simon met all my close family and even our littlest member of the family Molly our dog! It will be a weekend and week we will never forget in a long time. Mamma Dels in Witham made us a selection of various Sandwiches which were absolutely scrummy, we would highly recommend them to anyone who needs a selection of sandwiches made or even their wicked Olly Breakfast. All in All a Fab day.

Well, that did sound like a great day for all…..

I went along to the event in Colchester, at the Charter Hall (Colchester Leisure World) in Cowdray Avenue, and we were met with a huge crowd already waiting for Olly’s arrival at around 7pm. The ITV crew were there of course, since it was an X Factor organised event, and they had the crowds going whilst everyone waited. In true celebrity style, Simon Cowell and Olly arrived a little late but it did not deter the crowds who chanted his name and cheered ‘Olly, Olly, Olly, Oi Oi Oi!’  Martin and Sue from Essex FM Radio were there getting the crowds going outside, and Heart FM posters in red and white were handed out for everyone with ‘I (heart sign) Olly’ on them – very good show!

Simon Cowell at Ollys Homecoming Colchester copyright Sandra M Dean

Simon Cowell at Ollys Homecoming Colchester copyright Sandra M Dean

Olly slowly came round to the entrance to the Hall, via a very long red carpet, as he and Simon stopped to chat to the lucky few in the crowd, sign autographs and take in the massive support that they received. Fireworks were set off to celebrate the event.  Olly looked great in a black hat and he topped it off with his dazzling smile and many thanks to the supporters.

His fans had been turning up since 3 o’clock in the afternoon, which was 4 hours before his arrival was due at 7pm.  Judging by the cheering and smiles on their faces, they thought it was worth it to see their famous Essex boy, Olly!
TV cameras were everywhere both inside and outside the Hall and it was a bit of a media frenzy at times, requiring constant organisation.
Vickylynn Pete and Fay Murs at X Factor event copyright Sandra M Dean

Vickylynn Pete and Fay Murs at X Factor event copyright Sandra M Dean

Once inside the Hall, seating was laid out and it was rather well organised. Olly’s Mum sat near us, with her husband, Peter, and daughter, Fay, surrounded by many friends and family of Olly’s. I caught a nice photo of them after a quick chat and I really do admire Vicky Lynn and Olly’s family for their endless support of Olly and their efforts to help him achieve his dreams. I am also very grateful to have been able to attend the event with their help. Their genuine personalities mean a lot, as this is how we have perceived Olly to be. It is all correct, and I am pleased to know that I have been supporting the right contestant all along!

Vote for Olly!  If you support Olly, then please vote as many times as you can afford – he really needs every vote to get through and win!

The show was short, but really good. Martin and Sue from the radio came on first, to host the show, and then Simon Cowell came on with words of support and told us that one of his family members came from Essex! He said he ‘will do everything he can’ to ensure that Olly wins the X Factor this weekend, as he told the crowd

”I am going to do everything I can Saturday night so that Olly returns here next week as the winner of the X Factor – who’s gonna win?” to which the audience shouted ‘Olly!’

On introducing Olly Murs, Simon told the crowd ”Give an essex welcome to Olly Murs!”  and the audience started chanting  ‘Olly, Olly!’  It was a fabulous atmosphere.

 With Danyl now out of the competition, this will certainly make it easier for him, and I only hope that he keeps all his best praise for Olly.

Olly then came on, got the crowd going, and had everyone chanting, singing, dancing and waving their banners in no time at all. He performed three songs by himself and he did a great job. After tonight, I can honestly say that Olly is ‘the best all rounder and performer’ He can sing, dance and woo the crowd and is the only person in the competition who can do all three – he simply has to win!!!

All the song choices were hits that he has sung in the shows. First up, he sang the Michael Jackson hit ‘Can you feel it?’, then ‘Come Together’ by the Beatles, and finally the song that got him flying through the auditions ‘Superstition’ originally by Stevie Wonder. Fantastic choice of songs and everyone loved it. We even got to see some of Olly’s signature dance moves, including a bit of body popping and the ‘wiggle’.

Well done Olly, you rocked the crowd! Cannot wait to see the clips on X Factor on Saturday 12th December 2009 – go get ‘em! Vote for Olly Murs!

More info following below this photo gallery, Click on each photo and use the back button on your browser to come back to this page…



For a full photo gallery of Olly Murs, inclding his homecoing photos plus exclusive photos direct from his family photo collection CLICK HERE

Earlier in the day, GMTV interviewed some of Olly’s friends (mates as we say in Essex) Leigh, Ricky, Carl, Cody, Leigh and Ryan, who are supporting Olly all the way. 

To see all my articles, photo galleries and family stuff about Olly, including the answers to tonnes of your questions, CLICK HERE  (will open all the articles in date order)

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