Social media is abuzz with the rumour that Olly Murs will be representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision next year. But where did this rumour come from? And is there any truth to it? Wiwibloggs investigates.
The rumour can be traced to a tiny 13-word entry in this week’s Popbitch newsletter:
Popbitch are genuine Eurovision fans and their sources for showbiz gossip are pretty reliable, but what does this item really mean? Does it mean that Olly and the BBC have inked a deal and he’s in the studio recording his 2016 song? Or does it just mean that someone at the BBC randomly said, “Hey, Olly Murs looks a bit like Måns Zelmerlöw. We should ask him if he’ll do it.”
Olly says no
And let’s not forget – Olly has previously outright rejected the idea of doing Eurovision. As recently as May, shortly after Electro Velvet’s disappointing placing, BBC Eurovision commentator Scott Mills suggested that Olly would be ideal to represent the UK. Digital Spy then asked Olly if he’d consider it. His response:
“Not that I wouldn’t do it, but I think it’s always something I’ve found… new artists normally do it. Not for me Scott, unfortunately.“
So while he didn’t rule it out entirely, it seems very unlikely that Eurovision is something Olly would want (or need) to do at this point in his career. He is already a successful international pop artist and isn’t especially in need of the boost that Eurovision could give him. Olly is also busy with his new role as co-presenter of The X Factor.
But even if it’s not likely that Olly Murs will represent the UK at Eurovision, he’s still top of our wishlist and is a favourite with wiwibloggs readers. And after all, Olly and his song “Wrapped Up” came fifth place in Wiwivision 2015!
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