Olly Murs at Portsmouth Guildhall

Olly Murs at Portsmouth Guildhall by Hannah Mesquitta
Olly Murs at Portsmouth Guildhall by Hannah Mesquitta
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We all know that Essex born Olly Murs can sing from his time on The X Factor.

And while many stars of the show have disappeared into the darkness, Olly already has three hit singles and a number two album under his belt.

He stepped out on to the stage at Portsmouth Guildhall on Thursday night to ear piercing screams, opening with the first track from his album, Things are gonna change which was closely followed by his second single Thinking of me.

His set was very varied with many tracks from the album and some classic covers thrown in too.

Olly has a great stage presence, regularly bouncing about the stage and keeping the crowd entertained with his bubbly personality.

And his singing was spot on. He has a fantastic melodic pitch perfect voice and his music is very laid back and easy to listen to.

But I think one of my personal highlights of the night was Olly’s tribute to Stevie Wonder which instantly got the crowd on their feet - if they weren’t already.

He sung Superstition, which he shot to fame with on his first audition on the X Factor.

That was followed by Isn’t she lovely and Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.

He finished with his first single, the upbeat Please don’t let me go, which was a fitting finale I felt.

Olly is a born entertainer and I think his journey on the X Factor has definitely paid off. Although he finished second in the show, he is already doing a lot better than winner Joe McElderry.

I am in no doubt that he’s got a good few years of success in him yet.

RUTH SCAMMELL