Sunday 18 March 2018

Queen reveals she is an 'X Factor' fan

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

The queen admitted to singer Mary Byrne last night that she was a fan of 'X Factor'.

She met Queen Elizabeth at the Convention Centre and recounted what the queen had said when she was presented to her.

"She came up and spoke to me and said 'you are the lady off the 'X Factor'," said Byrne.

"I asked her did she watch it? The queen said she watched it the next day so she must have recorded it," Byrne told the Irish Independent.

The 51-year-old said she had to steady herself before she had gone on the stage to perform U2 song 'All I Want Is You' which she performed because it had an Irish theme.

"I was very nervous, it was the first time I have had those sort of nerves since I did the 'X Factor'. I shook like a leaf but it was lovely to watch her at the concert and when she came up close to me, I was shaking. She was such a warm women. Her hand gripped me and she held on. I'm so proud," Byrne said.

The Ballyfermot woman revealed that the queen later told Harry Crosbie she had enjoyed her performance.


A number of the performers and VIP guests from the concert and fashion show in the new Convention Centre attended an aftershow party.

Cafe Bar H was the setting for reception, hosted by the Danish wife of the British Ambassador, Ms Lotte Knudsen.

Around 100 guests enjoyed Spanish tappas in the restaurant on Grand Canal Square owned by Rita Crosbie, wife of developer Harry Crosbie.

Broadcaster Joe Duffy said: "It was absolutely magnificent, Gay Byrne as a host was so suave, he made it look so easy. At one stage he joked that people not get up and dance in the aisles especially her majesty."

The 'Liveline' host said he had been amazed by the queen's decision to come on stage.

"She walked up on stage at the end of the concert and waved to the crowd and shook everyone's hand. She looks like she totally enjoyed it."

Also attending, was TV presenter Grainne Seoige who said she had lumps in her throat watching the concert.

"It was the most incredible night. I'd love to stay out but I'm up at 3am for 'Daybreak' on ITV," she said.

Pop band Westlife were unable to attend as they flew out of Dublin last night en route to another date while a number of Fine Gael ministers were also absent due to the death of former party leader and Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald.

Irish Independent

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