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X Factor Olly Murs sends Belfast fans wild

X Factor's Olly Murs performs for delighted fans at the opening of the new 'Republic' fashion store in Belfast. march 2010.
X Factor's Olly Murs performs for delighted fans at the opening of the new 'Republic' fashion store in Belfast. march 2010.
Olly Murs, X Factor, performs in front of a crowd of mostly screaming girls, to formally mark opening of the new 'Republic' fashion store in Belfast. Some of the girls who got in had been queueing from 5.00am for the chance to see their favourite who was in town as part of the X Factor tour playing at the Odyssey arena in the city
A raft of camera phones redord Olly Murs, X Factor, as he performs in front of a crowd of screaming girls, to formally mark opening of the new 'Republic' fashion store in Belfast
Olly Murs, X Factor, performs in front of a crowd of screaming girls, to formally mark opening of the new 'Republic' fashion store in Belfast
Olly Murs is pictured with Trisha Tabb, Emma Maguire and Niamh Hart from Belfast.
Olly Murs is pictured with Gemma Fenton and Louise Reilly from Belfast
Olly Murs is pictured with Fabi Lara telling her boyfriend she loves him
Lauren Vallelly and Lauren Baird from Belfast pictured at the opening of the new Republic clothes store where Olly Murs from X-Factor performed
Olly Murs signs autographs for a mother and daughter.
Olly Murs pictured with the Cathy Martin PR girls.
Fans cheer as Olly Murs performs on stage.
Fans cheer as Olly Murs performs on stage.
Derry fans James Bradley holding his five-year-old daughter Beth along with his wife Loretta and six-year-old daughter Laura.
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Olly Murs got a great big Belfast welcome yesterday.

The ever-stylish Essex boy — in town as part of the X Factor live tour — took time out from his schedule for a performance at the new Republic shop in CastleCourt yesterday.

Up to 200 fans turned out to watch him sing songs from the 2009 series — with many queuing outside the shop from 6am.

It didn’t matter to them that the 25-year-old cheeky chappy lost out in the final to Geordie lad Joe McElderry. As far as they were concerned, there was only one winner.

Christine Bailie and Leanne Taggart, both 24, from Greyabbey, got up at 3am to book their place at the front of the queue to meet their idol.

Christine said: “We followed him during the X Factor and were really disappointed when he didn’t win. He should have, because he’s a born entertainer and a great singer.

Leanne added: “He’s also really hot and there’s no way we were going to miss him.”

When the doors opened shortly after 10am Murs mania set in as the fans rushed up to the front of the shop to get as near to the singer as possible.

To deafening cheers he was introduced on stage — wearing his trademark skinny jeans and tops from the store’s new menswear range Fabric — to perform a four-song set.

Speaking after, Murs said: “We had a brilliant time last night. The crowd was amazing and we got a great reception. It’s lovely to be here today to be able to perform for the people who supported me on the X Factor.”

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