Mary back home, but 'Late Late' must wait
Published 10/12/2010 | 05:00
'X FACTOR' sensation Mary Byrne is back home in Ireland, but has pulled out of an appearance on the 'Late Late Show' tonight.
Pictured back at her home in Ballyfermot yesterday, the 51-year-old had been lined up to give her first Irish TV interview since leaving the ITV talent show this evening on RTE.
Instead, the Tesco worker's high-profile appearance has been put back until next Friday after the 'X Factor' in the UK has concluded its run.
Neighbours in Ballyfermot claimed Ms Byrne was desperate to avoid photographers yesterday.
She confided to one local that she was "quite sick".
Friends who visited her at home in Ballyfermot brought flowers.
But by late afternoon she had recovered enough to set off to Aylesbury Shopping Centre for some Christmas shopping.
RTE revealed last night that Ms Byrne would not now be appearing on its flagship programme due to 'X Factor' commitments in the UK.
"She remains under contract to 'X Factor', which meant she had to be in the UK on Friday for final show rehearsals," said an RTE spokesman. "Mary will be joining other finalists on the last 'X Factor' this Sunday."
This week it was announced that Ms Byrne would begin work on an album of cover versions in the New Year for Simon Cowell's Syco label, as well as undertaking an Irish theatre tour. Her day-to-day management is being looked after by UK firm Modest Management.
Star billing on tonight's 'Late Late Show' will go to reformed boy band Take That, with returning member Robbie Williams. Other guests will include singer Daniel O'Donnell and wife Majella, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown who is expected to speak about his time in Downing Street, the economic crisis and his views on Ireland in light of the recent IMF bailout.