Olly tribute shows he has the X Factor

Tristan Drew, of High Green, Sheffield who has won a National Tribute Award for his Olly Murs act.
Tristan Drew, of High Green, Sheffield who has won a National Tribute Award for his Olly Murs act.
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Olly Murrs soundalike Tristan Drew’s heart skip, skipped a beat when he was crowned a king of tribute artists.

The 31-year-old singer, from High Green in Sheffield, beat off stiff competition to be named the UK’s best Olly act in the National Tribute Awards.

Tristan Drew, of High Green, Sheffield who has won a National Tribute Award for his Olly Murs act.

Tristan Drew, of High Green, Sheffield who has won a National Tribute Award for his Olly Murs act.

For Tristan, who has spent the past two years performing as the X Factor finalist at pubs, clubs, weddings and back gardens, the honour is a sign a huge gamble has paid off.

He had been an entertainer for 17 years before deciding to enter the increasingly-lucrative world of tribute acts in 2011.

But with Olly still a new kid on the pop block, it was a big risk.

“I wanted to do something no-one had done before, but I knew it was make or break because he was just starting out,” said Tristan.

He went on to mirror Olly’s rise to the top of the charts, with hits such as Troublemaker and Dance With Me Tonight, and is now in huge demand.

With bookings in Scotland and a trip to Germany in the pipeline, he barely gets chance to catch his breath.

A wave of other Olly tributes has emerged along the way, but Tristan prides himself on being the first.

He said: “I think there were 10 or 11 at the last count - quite a lot for a relatively new artist.

“When I started I used to do songs off the X Factor, but now I only do his audition one as I get asked for that every time.

“I go all over the UK for gigs and I get a lot of work locally.

“I think the weirdest was someone’s back garden in Leeds. A little girl was a big Olly fan and it was her birthday so her family booked me.

“It was a little bit strange, being used to playing these big venues and then being at the back of someone’s house in a little street!”

But after missing out on the chance to meet his hero when Olly’s recent tour stopped off at Sheffield Arena, Tristan hopes they might rub shoulders when he collects his gong at the National Tribute Awards ceremony in October.