Louis predicts Irish winner of 'X Factor'
REALITY show judge Louis Walsh has claimed an Irish contestant could win 'The X Factor' reality show this year.
Along with shop worker Mary Byrne, two other Irish contestants will feature in the ITV reality show which moves to the judges' homes tonight -- Rebecca Creighton (18) from Tallaght in Dublin, and Niall Horan (16) from Mullingar, in Co Westmeath.
Auditioning as solo performers, both have now been merged into two new groups formed by the judges.
Creighton, now a member of girl group Belle Amie, will be shown at the Ascot home of judge Cheryl Cole, who is mentoring the girls.
Horan, part of boyband 1 Direction will be shown in Australia, with judge Danni Minogue, mentoring the boys.
But the star of the show in tonight's programme in Adare Manor, Limerick -- where Louis Walsh staged his bootcamp for the acts aged 28 and over -- will be Tesco worker Mary Byrne (50), who he claims is by far the most talented Irish contestant to appear on the TV show.
"Look at Brian Dowling winning 'Ultimate Big Brother'. It shows you an Irish person can do it. Mary can do it," said Walsh.
Byrne wowed Simon Cowell & Co at her try-out in Dublin's new Conference Centre last June by singing Shirley Bassey's classic 'I (Who Have Nothing)'.
Since it was first broadcast on ITV last month, the clip of Byrne onstage has recorded a million hits on YouTube.