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Cowell has to save X Factor - MaBy

FORMER X Factor star Mary Byrne says Simon Cowell should return to the UK to save his programme from dwindling ratings.

Her comments come as TV3 bosses revealed that the Ballyfermot singer's appearance on the series last year boosted their audience figures to record highs.

According to Nielsen data for October of last year, 49pc of adults were watching X Factor on TV3 on Saturday evenings.

But Mary told the Herald:"I think Simon is missed on it. I used to love the banter between Louis and Simon, and I think if Simon was there it would be better."