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Let's all get behind magical Mary as voting time looms

Mary Byrne needs your support now more than ever after biting comments by acid-tongued judge Simon Cowell.

The Ballyfermot native has admitted how it did upset her when the music mogul compared her to a pub singer last weekend for her rendition of Can You Feel the Love Tonight.

Although Mary (51) appeared to shrug it off, she has now come out and revealed that she did take his comments to heart.

"It was a great weekend. I enjoyed singing my song, I enjoyed being a little bit back into the game again," she said.

"The comments that were made, Simon saying I sounded a little bit like a pub singer I found very hurtful but then you have to take the good with the bad, so I just took it on the chin. I didn't think it was pub singer-like."

Mary has also lifted the lid on the rising rivalry between the eight remaining contestants. The mum-of-one said that the shock elimination of Aiden Grimshaw last weekend came as a massive wake-up call to them all.

"Sunday night, Aiden was a big shock to all of us. The show is getting so competitive at the moment. The public are making their decisions, we don't know what's going to happen so we're all on our toes and we're all trying harder again this week," she continued.

She also revealed how her mentor Louis Walsh paid for her to stay in the Kensington Hotel in London out of his own pocket -- which is the only thing that helped her stay in the show.

She admitted that finding time to relax and chill out was so hard. "This is why Louis put me up for two nights. You often hear people say that a change is as good as a rest -- well it definitely is in this case," she continued.


"Because just being here, your mind rests, your body rests and you're able to cope more with what you're learning and what's going through your head and all the cameras in your face."

She also broke her silence on reports of her only receiving an allowance of €35 while living in the house and thanks her lucky stars for her supermarket job.

"Good old Tesco -- I don't know where I'd be without them, to be honest, because they're keeping my wage going in so I can pay my bills and I'll find a way to thank those guys," she added.

Tomorrow night will see the X Factor contestants performing songs by the Beatles as part of a show dedicated to the best hits of the Liverpool legends. Mary will be performing Something and is promising her fans that: "You can expect to see the passion, the love and the energy."

Niall Horan's band One Direction have been given All You Need is Love.

Speaking about this week's theme, vocal coach Yvie Burnett has promised X Factor viewers a real treat.

"The Beatles have had so many huge hits! Everybody's working that bit harder this week. There's so much to lose, we've seen someone as amazing as Aiden go and they know they could be next," she said.

The Herald is urging you to get behind Dubliner Mary Byrne in her bid to win the X Factor. To vote for Mary, go onto TV3's website at the end of the live show on Saturday night. Irish voting numbers will be available at tv3.ie/xfactorvote once voting is open.