Olly Murs had therapy over X Factor blunder backlash
3 October 2018 - 8:00 AM

Olly Murs had therapy over X Factor blunder backlash

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Olly Murs went to therapy over his "X Factor" blunder.

The talent show star made headlines in 2015 when he accidentally mixed up the judges" scores and made a premature announcement that Monica Michael was being sent home.

Although he "laughed off" the mistake at first, he admitted to the Evening Standard: "The papers didn't laugh it off -- they made a massive deal about it. The media attention, and the social media aspect, upset me the most.

"They really tried to take me to the cleaners. They tried to make me lose my job over a silly, small mistake.

"And when I went back to singing, it made me overthink what I was doing: "I'm going to forget the lyrics, what I'm doing ... So that was something I needed to speak to a therapist about. And I'm not scared to admit that -- that's the stigma that men have."

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Earlier this year, Olly - who is now a coach on rival singing competition "The Voice" - admitted the mishap still bothers him.

He previously said: "Making that mistake always annoys me."

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At the time of the incident, "X Factor" boss Simon defended the "Dance With Me Tonight" hitmaker and insisted he handled the situation in a "great" way.

He explained: "There were a lot of people screaming in his ears, they were trying to get him to clarify something. Anyone in that situation is going to screw up.

"I think the way he handled it was great, it's part of his charm. I think every week he's getting better and better. People have got to get used to it but he's got a massive future ahead of him, 100% he's still got my support."

Olly - who was runner-up on the show in 2009 - had taken to social media immediately after the gaff, and apologised to viewers with a blunt tweet.

He tweeted: "I apologise to everyone tonight I made a massive f%#k up at the end. It was so tense!! I'm still learning & hope that never happens again! (sic)."

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