Tuesday 23 January 2018

Nadine's fears for tabloid target Byrne

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

GIRLS ALOUD singer Nadine Coyle has said she fears for 'X Factor' contestant Mary Byrne.

The Derry woman, who found fame on a separate reality show in 2002, said the Tesco checkout worker may be unprepared for the tabloid attention and stress brought by a starring role on such a show.

"Contestants think they are ready for it but it's much, much more invasive," Ms Coyle told the Irish Independent.

"It's really difficult. Nobody gives you any warnings. These shows should come with a disclaimer."

The 25-year-old, who was in Dublin for the launch of a new album, said she identified with the 50-year-old from Ballyfermot because of her own role on 'Popstars: The Rivals' eight years ago.

"Shows like this are just so stressful," she said. "I can remember doing it myself. You do so much work to promote the show during the week, by the time you get to singing on Saturdays, you're exhausted."

However, she maintained that Ms Byrne would receive good tutelage from her own former manager, Louis Walsh.

"I found Louis to be very considerate," she said. "He has been around a long time and knows how difficult fame is for people who aren't used to it. Mary Byrne says she loves singing. She should stick to that. Why 'X Factor' is worth it is because it will provide her with a platform for her to do that for the rest of her life."

The two Irish singers are further linked by retailer Tesco, where Ms Byrne works as a cashier, while Coyle is releasing her solo album 'Insatiable' through the supermarket giant.

However, Coyle maintained she wasn't disappointed that the title track had only managed to reach number 35 in the UK mid-week singles chart.

"You don't sell many hard copies of singles and you don't make any money off them, so you don't spend much money marketing them," she argued.

"What's important is the live show I've been working on and the album itself. I've every faith in Tesco to market my record. They are the third largest global company so marketing is their strength. There will be plenty of billboards for it and my whole solo career will be a slow build," she added.

Irish Independent

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