Mary fails to make X Factor final
Published 05/12/2010 | 21:50
The finalists of this year's X Factor competition have been decided as supermarket worker Mary Byrne bowed out of the contest.
Singers Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson, Cher Lloyd and boy band One Direction will battle it out in next week's final.
Mary found herself in the bottom two along with early favourite Cher after their performances on Saturday night's show failed to impress the viewers.
The Dubliner gave a powerful performance of It's a Man's Man's Man's World in a bid to save herself in the sing off, but the judges opted to keep Cher in the competition for the final week.
The teen sang an emotional rendition of Britney Spears's Everytime.
Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue all voted to save Cher.
Cheryl said: "This is really difficult because Mary you have always touched me with your vocal and you know that. You are two completely different acts that we would not compare in the real world. But Cher is my girl and I backed her from the start and I will until the end."
Louis was the only act who opted to send his act through to next week's show. The Irish judge now has no acts to take into the final as Mary was the last contestant in his over 28s category.
The results show also saw X Factor champion Alexandra Burke return to the stage to perform her new single Silence.
The cast of hit US TV show Glee also took to the stage to sing their version of Journey's Don't Stop Believing and US Band the Black Eyed Peas performed the futuristic track The Time.