Throwback Thursday: Troublemaker



Flashback to 2014 and here's with a very young-looking Olly Murs - not so much a troublemaker (to reference his number one hit) as a cheeky chappy, currently back on TV as returning judge on The Voice UK.

We were chatting for the 'Life as I know it' slot in S magazine and here are some of his best answers, many of which would probably be very different now. I wonder if he ever did say sorry to his auntie...



Not a lot of people know this but I’m very good at... cooking sweet and sour chicken. I’m not very good at cooking normally but I got my Jamie Oliver cookbook out, gave it a go and now it’s my signature dish.


My nickname is… Mursal. A songwriter I’ve worked with called me that, I told my mates and it’s stuck now. Bradley Walsh calls me Smurf because I always wear a hat. At school? It was just Olly.

The bravest thing I’ve ever done is… climbing to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was amazing but insane because of how high you are. That was when I was travelling in 2008, when I was 25, so getting on a plane on my own also felt like a brave thing to do.


I’d like to say sorry to... my auntie Rachel because I didn’t get her a birthday present this year but I’ll make it up to her at Christmas.

My first kiss was... when I was 13. I was at the local swimming pool in Essex and me and this girl from school were having a bit of a giggle, then we decided to have a little snog. It was like ‘Oh my God!’ and that was it.


The one thing I’d change about myself is... my hair. I’ve always been insecure about my hair and I’d like more of it – thicker and longer and just more hair in general.


The last time I cried was… when my sister sent me a video of my nephew Louis. He’s only three and the video message was of him writing my name with a pen.

The first record I ever bought was… the Bat Out Of Hell album by Meatloaf. I got it on vinyl in a car boot sale when I was nine or ten and I absolutely loved it.

It’s not good for my image but I like... chocolate and sweets. Any form of chocolate, any form of sweets and also Chilli Heatwave Doritos. They’re my downfall and if I eat too much of that stuff I get fat.


The most expensive thing I’ve ever splashed out on is… paying for my nan and granddad to go to Graceland and Las Vegas. They visited Elvis’s grave, then had a couple of days in Vegas, and they loved it. I’m so glad I was able to do that for them.

My perfect Sunday is... going back in time to when I was a kid: Playing football from 10am to 1pm, getting home for a roast dinner that my mum and dad have cooked, then my nan and granddad and auntie and uncle would all come round and we’d all play games and listen to the UK Top 40.


The best day of my life was… in 2009, in Los Angeles, at Simon Cowell’s place for the judges’ houses bit on X Factor. He told me ‘You’re a risk worth taking’ and he gave me a ‘yes’ to go through to the live shows.


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