All we want is Mary as singer scrapes through
MARY BYRNE keeps on fighting and has said love for the father of her only child is helping her succeed.
Her 'X Factor' adventure will continue for at least another week after the checkout worker last night got through to the semi-finals of the talent show following a nail-biting sing-off against Wagner.
Controversial contestant Katie Waissel was the first to be eliminated.
This left the Ballyfermot mother and the Brazilian in the sing-off, with Ms Byrne choosing Shirley Bassey's song 'This Is My Life'.
Afterwards, with the judges left to decide, mentor to both Louis Walsh congratulated Wagner but voted to save Ms Byrne.
"Wagner, you are unforgettable but Mary Byrne, this is your life," he said. "In the sing-off Mary won hands down, so the act I'm sending home is Wagner."
Fellow judges Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole also voted to send Wagner home. Speaking after the show, Ms Byrne described the moment when herself, Katie and Wagner had been left on the stage.
"It was quite nerve-wracking and I knew once there were three of us left, I knew I was in the bottom two or I was gone," she said.
"So I had to keep my fingers crossed and hoped I could get a chance to be in the sing-off. When I did end up singing, my throat went completely dry and I got so shaky. I went into the same verse twice but I covered it up and really felt the song at the end."
Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Ms Byrne revealed that she had been tipped off in advance that she was in the bottom three.
"I can't say how I knew, but I knew that was going to happen," she said.
And she controversially revealed her belief that, despite making it through to the semi-finals next weekend, she will not win.
"No. I don't think I can win. They want someone younger, but I still want the Irish people to keep voting for me. I won't give up if they don't give up on me," she said.
Struck down with laryngitis earlier this week, the 51-year-old nonetheless had delivered a show-stopping cover of U2 song 'All I Want Is You' on Saturday night.
And she revealed she reached into her past to give the song extra meaning.
Speaking on Saturday, the mother of one revealed how she had connected with the song's lyrics by thinking about the father of her 23-year-old daughter Deborah.
The couple split up when she was pregnant, and his name had not been revealed to followers of the ITV show.
"I am singing the song for Debbie's father," she said. "All I ever wanted was him. He was the only real love of my life."
She revealed that she hoped Deborah would attend next week's semi-final.
"I'd love her to get over here. It would really help, but either way she knows I love her and I'm doing this for her," she said.