SCREAMING teenagers’ hearts skipped a beat as one of pop’s biggest stars gave them an exclusive interview.
Hundreds of youngsters packed in to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre to hear heart-throb Olly Murs talk about his life and take questions from excited fans.
The Troublemaker singer was in the resort to promote his new autobiography Happy Days, and dozens of screaming fans queued for hours outside the theatre yesterday for a glimpse of the X Factor star.
Dressed in a brand new Olly Murs hoodie, 14-year-old Chloe Pearson-Jones, from Anchorsholme, was delighted to have seen her hero.
She said: “It was really good, I just love him.
“My favourite bit was when he sang a little bit.”
Friend Brittany Morley, 14, who attends Hodgson High School, Poulton, said: “I’m a big Olly Murs fan, we went to see him in concert in February and we’ve had the tickets for this for ages and I was really looking forward to it.”
And 11-year-old Blaise Morley added: “I loved everything about it.”
Olly spoke to 800 fans inside the town centre theatre, talking about everything from his time on TV talent show X Factor – the programme which catapulted him to fame in 2009 – to life as a pop star.
He also told fans his favourite birthday was last year after being posed the question by excited seven-year-old Declan Walsh.
Declan, who dressed in Olly’s infamous pork pie hat and travelled from Milton Keynes to see the star, said: “I’m a big fan and the best bit was when he spoke to me. It was really exciting.”
Older sister Caitlin, 14, added: “I loved it, I’ve got butterflies.
“I’m a really big fan and we follow him all around. It was my birthday present to come all the way to see him and it was worth the trip.”
Sarahjane Speakman, 19, from Blackpool, attended the event with mum Sharon and added: “We made him some heart-shaped badges but didn’t get to give them to him, but it was still really good and really exciting.”
The event was organised by Kirkham bookshop Silverdell, on Poulton Street, and every fan left with a signed copy of Olly’s book.
It is the first time the shop has staged such a big event at the theatre.
Silverdell co-owner Elaine Silverwood said: “It was such a success, there was a real buzz. Olly really enjoyed it, he loved it and I want to replicate this kind of event again in the future because it was just brilliant.”