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Talented Essex Boy Olly Murs comes second in the X Factor final 2009!

A happy Olly Murs copyright Sandra M Dean

A happy Olly Murs copyright Sandra M Dean

Finally it is the end of the X Factor 2009 on this day (Sunday 13th December 2009)! We are all a little sad about the show ending, but it has done so with our favourite performer coming second so we are really happy! Olly Murs you deserve it but for us you are the winner of this talent contest that looks for the ‘X Factor’ as you have just that. Never mind that you didnt win.  I parcially blame Simon Cowell for not supporting you properly in the weeks leading up to the final, as he seemed to back Joe and Danyl far more.

Although there were some good singers in the competition this year, I think that a pop star/X Factor spells a ‘performer’ not a stand still ballad singer. We have enough of those, so even though Joe has a great voice, the soul voice and dancing talent of Olly Murs won it for us for the last 3 months. The minute I saw him in the auditions, I knew that he would go far! It is a shame that the public voted in the winner as a ballad singer.

Olly sang ‘Twist and Shout’ and cracked it even better than when we heard it on the 7th November 2009 (movie week). He has come on so much, and he has so much further to go that we wish him the best of luck to live his dream of becoming a star! We love the Thriller dancing in Twist and Shout – it is so original!

The judges were all smiling and had some great comments…..

Louie Walsh – “You always entertain us – a born showman– you are going to have a great career– you deserve it!”

Cheryl Cole – “I am glad that you are standing up there in the bottom two – I wish you the very best”

Dannii Minogue “Everyone on the tour will be looking forward to seeing you”

Simon Cowell – “We are here to win the X Factor tonight – there could be an upset tonight – you are fearless, put on a great show – brilliant!”

The winners single ‘The Climb’ originally by Miley Cyrus was then performed by both acts. Olly was up first and he did such a good job – Dannii and Cheryl couldn’t believe where he had found his new voice, and we were surprised and delighted too, as it now proves 100% that Olly can do Soul, Dance and slow songs too – Go Olly, well done!

The judges had great comments:

Dannii Minogue said that she couldn’t believe where his voice had come from and she really liked the new voice that he pulled out for this song

Cheryl Cole asked where he got that voice came from and she wished him all the best

Louie Walsh “I love everything about Olly Murs”

Simon Cowell “I can see now you really want it – I hope everyone gets behind you”

Watching his video clips of his fans and family was emotional and Olly shed a few tears, bless him. I did too, and I think that as he said, his family have been behind him all the way and having had the pleasure of meeting them, I say the same as Simon Cowell, it was a real pleasure!

The final 12 sang their charity single ‘Hero’ and it was lovely to see them all together again. It seemed such a long time ago that we saw Ricky and Rachel! The Mariah Carey cover is raising funds for the ‘Help For Heroes’ charity, which supports wounded servicemen and women, and the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

It was also great to see Leona Lewis back. Alexandra Burke and JlS did a medley of Alexandra’s ‘Bad Boys’ and JLS’s ‘Everybody in Love’

Sir Paul McCartney performed whilst the last of the votes were taken before the phone lines were closed, accompanied by the 12 X Factor finalist, singing ‘Baby, you can drive my car’ That was very cool! He then did ‘Live and let die’ whilst playing the piano which was spectacular.

What a great show!

The celebrity acts on this year, such as Lady GaGa, Rhianna, Whitney Houston and Michael Buble, have given the show a real wow factor and worth watching. Jedward were entertaining and Stacey was our second favourite to win from the start. All in all a great show – well done Simon Cowell, the producers, ITV and everyone else involved. It is one we will never forget.

And what with such a good ‘Britain’s got talent’ show earlier this year, in which Essex dance group, Diversity, won, we are now so proud to have another two out of the three in the finals coming from Essex, with Essex Girl Stacey Solomon in 3rd place! Well done guys!

Read all the posts, see all the photos and stuff from Olly Murs’ family CLICK HERE (in date order)

Read all the posts on Stacey Solomon CLICK HERE (in date order)

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