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Holly Jervis
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Born (1984-10-05) 5 October 1984 (age 39)
Isle of Wight, England
💼 Occupation
  • Singer
  • cabaret performer
TelevisionThe X Factor
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Hollie Michelle Jervis (/ˈhɒli mɪˈʃɛl ˈʤɜːvɪs/; born 5 October 1984), known professionally as Holly Jervis, is an English singer, best known for appearing as a contestant on the fifth series of British reality television music competition The X Factor.[1] Jervis has used various combinations of other pseudonyms throughout her career, including but not limited to Holli Jervais, Holli D. Grey, and Michelle Holli. Jervis is a prominent figure in hun culture.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hollie Michelle Jervis was born on 5 October 1984, in the Isle of Wight.[3] She attended Sandown Bay Academy as a child, and embarked on a career in theatre after seeing her friend take piano lessons and Jervis was jealous.


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Jervis began working as a customer experience leader after her appearance on The X Factor

Jervis began her musical career performing at weddings, hotels, and holiday camps across England. She is most commonly known for her X Factor audition,[4] in which, at the age of 23, she performed a rendition of "Big, Blonde and Beautiful" by Queen Latifah, as featured in Hairspray. Jervis's demeanour was received positively by some viewers,[5] but the judges (Cheryl, Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, and Louis Walsh) unanimously denied her entry into the next stage of the competition,[6] with Cowell comparing her mouth unfavourably to a cave,[7][8] and Minogue claiming that the performance was 'verging on funny rather than serious'.[9] However, Cheryl asserted that Jervis 'sold herself' and suggested she 'take up preaching or speeching [sic]'.

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Nothing Else Matters (2009)

In June 2009 Jervis released a studio album titled Nothing Else Matters, mostly consisting of covers, under the pseudonym Holli Jervais. It includes the tracks "Run", "Don't Rain on my Parade", "Redneck Woman", "When You Tell Me You Love Me", "Razzle Dazzle", "Mercy", "Someone Like You", "Simply the Best", "Everybody Hurts", and "The Climb". Postage and packaging was £1.50. The record is now categorised as lost media, though it has supposedly been listened to by Jane McDonald.[10]

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Holly Jervis is known to have drunk at least two different beverages throughout her career.

Jervis also worked as a tribute act for Cher and Ellie Goulding, and subsequently made a brief appearance in the latter's lyric video for her song “Something in the Way You Move” after she noticed Jervis's work;[11] Jervis later dubbed this her 'claim to fame'.[12] On 15 July 2023, she re-emerged at the pub No.58 Watling Street in Radlett, where she performed “Flowers” and “Proud Mary”. Jervis was trending on X (formerly known as Twitter) following the performance.


See also[edit]


  1. "It's been 15 years since the most iconic X Factor audition ever". 2023-10-12.
  2. "Jervisgate: How an X Factor auditionee is at the centre of a Gay Twitter civil war". The Tab. 2022-02-15.
  3. "Holli Jervais Online - - Gallery". 9 September 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-09-09. Retrieved 7 May 2024.
  4. "Holly Jervis | Soundtrack". IMDb.
  5. "Watch the 7 angriest contestants EVER to grace the X Factor stage". The Mirror. 2015-05-06.
  6. "X Factor most controversial contestant scandals". The Mirror. 2015-11-02.
  7. "The X-Factor: 10 Funniest Moments On The Show, Ranked". ScreenRant. 2020-07-20.
  8. "THROWBACK: Remember When Simon Cowell Branded A Contestant 'Cave Mouth' On X Factor?". Tyla. 2024-05-12.
  9. "X Factor 2008 finalists reflect on the most iconic series ever, 15 years on". Metro. 2023-12-13.
  10. "Holli Jervais Online - - Welcome to!". 12 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-10-12. Retrieved 7 May 2024.
  11. "Ellie Goulding - Something In The Way You Move (Fan Dance Lyric Video)". YouTube. 2015-10-09.
  12. "Chess Chat with Hollie Jervis". YouTube. 2019-01-16.

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