We all know things go wrong on live television. But, of all the slip-ups Murs could have made, mistakenly telling a contestant they were going home before the decision had been made was probably the worst.
The "Dear Darlin'" singer miscounted the judges' votes and told Monica Michael she was going straight home, when in fact the vote was a deadlock and she still had a chance to be saved by the public vote.
To make things worse for poor Michael, the subsequent results of the public vote revealed that she would in fact be going home. And red-faced Murs had to stand beside her, looking incredibly sheepish, while his co-host Caroline Flack broke the bad news.
After the show, Murs was quick to take to Twitter to apologise.
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!— Olly Murs (@ollyofficial) November 15, 2015
Some social media users have decided that his blunder proves the X Factor is a fix, while others have taken delight in having a laugh at his expense.
Kudos to Olly Murs for bringing down #XFactor from within. Didn't think he had it in him.— Jonny Geller (@JonnyGeller) November 15, 2015
Hi @ollyofficial, if you fancy it, I can meet you for a Greggs Friday morning before your meeting at the job centre?— Jack Dean (@Jaack) November 15, 2015
But there has also been a whole lot of love for the 31-year-old pop star, who made the final of X Factor himself in 2009.
We all make mistakes in life! Sure some a little bigger than others but hey it happens, give @ollyofficial a break he is human after all !— Dean gibbons (@DeanoG1234) November 15, 2015
@ollyofficial Hey son you proved tonight it's Live TV & your only Human So Much love out there for ya xx— Vickylynn Murs (@mrsfuzzymuzzy) November 15, 2015
Michael was up against Anton Stephans in the sing-off but her emotional rendition of Beyoncé's "Broken Hearted Girl" wasn't enough to secure the votes of Nick Grimshaw or Simon Cowell. She became the latest X Factor evictee, following Max Stone's swift exit a few minutes previously.
Watch Murs cringe below — if you can bear it.
The presenter's expression when leaving the X Factor studios says it all (and shall forever be known as "The Olly").
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