Louis rubbishes Cowell 'record deal for Mary'

Melanie Finn, Showbiz Editor

Louis Walsh has hit back at claims that our MaBy has sealed a secret €1m record deal.

It's been claimed the Tesco worker has clinched a two-album deal from X Factor boss Simon Cowell, regardless of whether she wins or not.

However, her mentor Louis says there's no truth in the reports -- and that she still desperately needs the Irish public's continued support.

"She has no record deal at all. And she won't get a proper record deal unless she gets to the final. She needs to make final four to get a record deal," he said.

He has also revealed how the claws are out among the 10 remaining contestants as they strive to make it through to the next round of the show.

"There's 10 people left. One of them's going to win and now it gets serious and they start disliking each other, everyone's in competition," he said.

"None of the contestants like each other -- they all pretend that they love each other, but they don't.

"They all want to win, they all want the votes and they'll all do whatever it takes. It's a bit like the judges."