Tearful 'X Factor' Mary wins the battle for song with Cowell
Published 23/10/2010 | 05:00
IRISH 'The X Factor' finalist Mary Byrne has revealed how she broke down in tears this week on the set of the ITV show over a choice of song for tonight's show.
The 50-year-old from Ballyfermot wept openly during rehearsals after a disagreement with programme-makers over the song she would sing for the third live show.
Producers had approached the mother of one at the start of the week to tell her she would be singing the Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross hit 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' in tonight's programme.
Ms Byrne said she was immediately unhappy with the song choice because she believed that it didn't suit her voice.
"I knew from the first rehearsal this was the wrong song for me and the more time we rehearsed it during the week, the more upset I got. I was thinking this song could lose me 'The X Factor'," Byrne told the Irish Independent.
Her growing anxiety erupted into an emotional breakdown during rehearsals on Thursday night.
Her mentor and 'The X Factor' judge Louis Walsh, who witnessed the emotional scene, said: "Mary broke down. Obviously this is something which had been building up with her and came out at during rehearsal. It took everyone by surprise.
" She hadn't told me but Mary must have really been feeling the song wasn't right, because she stopped in the middle of it and was crying real tears," said Walsh.
Given a break from rehearsals, a meeting was organised with Byrne, Walsh and fellow judge Simon Cowell.
"Usually the songs contestants do in 'The X Factor' are set in stone from the start of the week, due to dancers and choreography, but Louis was very supportive and Simon, when he saw how strongly I felt about it, agreed I could change songs," said Byrne.
Producers and singer then agreed the Tesco worker could sing 'I Who Have Nothing', the same Shirley Bassey cover with which she drew worldwide coverage at 'The X Factor' auditions. "The moment I went back to rehearsals and started singing it, I was back to myself," said Byrne.