IT HAS been two years since Olly Murs came agonizingly close to capturing the covetedX-factor crown.
Losing in the final to Joe McElderry, it was a painful loss for the young singer.
However, Murs may still have the last laugh and silence the naysayers, as he headlines Clyde 1 live this week, with McElderry’s post X-factor career erring more towards that of Steve Brookstein than Leona Lewis.
He has also shown his versatility, turning his hand to presenting X-factor’s sister show, Xtra-factor, Murs has become as accustomed to listening to sob stories as dishing them out.
But at Clyde 1 live, the 26-year-old will leave TV to one side and get back to the day job of being a pop star.
He will headline alongsider veterans the Sugababes, now in their fourth line-up and amid recent rumours of another departure, this could be the last chance to see the Jade, Amelle and Heidi as a trio.
They join Jessie J and Pixie Lott in a star studded show featuring some of the biggest names in British music today.
With no one member bigger than the band, the Sugababes have senselessly changed their line-up on an almost perpertual basis, but have stayed among pop’s elite for more than ten years.
The most recent incarnation will take the audience on a journey through the decade long dynasty of the Sugababes, from Overload to Push The Button via Round Round and Red Dress.
They’ll also perform their brand new single, Freedom.
The group’s talisman, Heidi Range, has managed to weather the storm of three shake-ups since joining the band in 2001.
Range joined the band from Atomic Kitten, the pop equivalent of leaving Stoke to join Chelsea.
She said: “We are itching to get back out on the road and show everyone what the new line-up really has to offer.
“We can’t wait to hook up with our Scottish fans again, who are, by far, the loudest in the world”.
Meanwhile, it’s been a cracking 12 months for Olly Murs, who has had a number one single, followed by a double-platinum, self-titled debut album.
Now he’s set to release a second album by Christmas, which will see him move away from pop reggae to a new White Soul Boy sound.
The first single off the album — Heart Skips a Beat — has already scaled the top of the charts and seems set to be his biggest hit to date.
Tickets for tomorrow night’s Clyde 1 Live – priced £22.50 — are on sale from the SECC Box office, by phone on 0844 395 4000 or online at www.ticketsoup.com.
They can also be purchased via www.gigsinscotland.com or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
All children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.