Tuesday 24 October 2017

'Nasty' judges turning up heat on Mary

Mary Byrne: The Tesco worker will sing The Beatles' 'Something'. Photo: PA
Mary Byrne: The Tesco worker will sing The Beatles' 'Something'. Photo: PA

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

'X FACTOR' sensation Mary Byrne has revealed the increasing pressure she now feels on the ITV show.

The 51-year-old said that growing tension about who would be eliminated next, coupled with increasingly hostile comments toward her from judges Dannii Minogue and Simon Cowell had driven her to breaking point.

"There's performing and now there's what might be waiting for you now from the judges. It's definitely getting nastier. Simon called me a pub singer on Saturday. He meant it as a put-down but I've sang in bars and know plenty of great pub singers in Ireland who I respect. I don't mind being called a pub singer," Mary said last night.

The Tesco worker will sing The Beatles song 'Something' on tonight's Fab Four-themed live show.

In recent weeks, her covers have been hit and miss but she said she believed the George Harrison-penned ballad was a track she could make her own.

"I knew the song already and it suits me. You can expect me to put the whole of myself into it. I'm trying to enter body and soul into each song I perform because these are the shows in which I win or lose," she said.

Although one act will be eliminated this weekend, upcoming 'X Factors' are to feature double eliminations, which she said had left all the finalists feeling vulnerable.

"The show has changed in the last week, the judges are behaving differently. We all feel the pressure. I know I am, but I really am going to give it my best," she said.

Mary said she was "excited" that she had now won her place in 'The X Factor' live tour, which will visit arenas all over Britain and Ireland next March, including Dublin's O2.

"That's what I'm really looking forward to. Getting up at The O2. I know I'll be home and dry then. It's these weeks in between I'm worried about," she said.

Irish Independent

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