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    Posted: 29 Aug 2010 at 12:46

X Factor 2010: Forget the low self-esteem, Mary - Simon loves you! Tesco till worker brings stunned audience to their feet

By Sarah Bull
Last updated at 12:04 PM on 29th August 2010

She said she had been held back by her low self-esteem.

But if Irish till worker Mary Byrne ever has a moment's doubt about the quality of her voice again, she need only replay her audition on last night's episode of the X Factor.

The 50-year-old brought the stunned audience to their feet with her rendtion of Shirley Bassey's This Is My Life.

She hit every single note - nearly causing an excited Louis Walsh to jump out of his chair, and moving Cheryl (of course) nearly to tears.

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'I always sing at the till': Already a legend, Mary Byrne stuns the judges on X Factor last night

But it was the smile that Simon Cowell gave the visibly trembling Mary that really sealed her reputation as 'the new SuBo'.

'I think you have the best voice out of everyone who's auditioned tonight... and actually more than that, I really like you.'

He gave Mary his first 'yes' of the evening, shooting her through to the next round.

'Tesco could be in trouble,' Louis told the tearful singer.

'Mary, that was my favourite auditon of Dublin so far... It was just full to the brim with power, emotion and passion,' Cheryl added.

'It's amazing that you said you had the courage to come back and do it - I don't know what ever stopped you,' said guest judge Katy Perry.

Even certain often-cynical editors of certain websites were taken aback by the power of Mary's voice.

'Flipping heck, I can't believe this,' a flabbergasted Mary told Dermott backstage.

'It's made me feel a better person,' she said.


Till worker: Mary Byrne has already been nicknamed the 'new SuBo' and left the judges astounded by her performance of Tom Jones's I Who Have Nothing

The single mother was inspired to audition after seeing Susan Boyle’s success on Britain’s Got Talent and thought The X Factor could be her road to a better life.

Mary left school at 13-years-old to work in an underwear factory to help support her family.

She revealed: ‘I left school at 13 to help bring in money at home.  I started work in a knicker factory.

‘I spent years in factory after factory before getting a check-out job at Tesco 11 years ago.’

Mary then fell pregnant at 27 and despite having been with her partner for two years, he left her to raise their child alone.

‘He wasn’t emotionally mature enough to deal with the situation so he ran away.  And by the time Deborah was born he had met someone else and he went on to have two more children.

‘He has never met his daughter an in all these years they’ve never even spoken. But it’s his loss.  He’s missed out on a brilliant girl.’ 

But after battling through a tough upbringing, when Mary saw Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent she decided to try her luck in the industry.

‘Being on that stage performing to 2,000 people was an amazing moment.  Cheryl said I made the hairs stand up on the back of her neck, bless her. I nearly cried’, she said.

The Tesco-worker hopes Ireland is pleased for her to represent the country and has her fingers crossed to achieve the same success as her idol SuBo.

‘It would change my life for the better, but I wouldn’t go overboard.  I have a very close family who keep me down to earth.’


Serenading: Cheryl Cole was serenaded by 23-year-old lifeguard Stephen Concannon during his audition


Eye candy: Stephen's performance went down well with all the judges... except Simon

And during the rest of the show, there was the eye candy - particularly when Cheryl was serenaded by a lifeguard and guest judge Katy Perry ordered him to take his shirt off.

As soon as Stephen Concannon, 23, took to the stage, he had the attention of the audience and the judging panel as he told them he was a lifeguard, to which Katy replied: 'Honey, I'm drowning! Save me please!'

And, after Stephen serenaded Cheryl during his audition, leaving the stage to sing directly to her and kiss her on the hand, Katy decided she wanted a piece of the action - telling him she would only put him through to the next round if he took his shirt off.

He promptly obliged, leaving Cheryl, Katy and the female members of the audience swooning with his six pack and muscly physique.

And Stephen wasn't the only act who caught Cheryl's attention.

Eye candy also came in the form of boyband The Reason who chose to perform their own unique version of Cheryl's hit single Fight For This Love.


Off, off, off! Katy told Stephen she would only put him through to the next round if he took his top off


Ok then! Stephen duly obliged, delighting the audience with his rippling muscles and six pack

With original harmonies and no cheesy choreography, the performance astounded the judges, with Simon Cowell saying they were the best group he had seen this year.

But he did say that he hoped Louis Walsh wouldn't be mentoring the groups, adding: 'If Louis was mentoring you it would be suits, bowties and Could It Be Magic?'

And while Stephen and The Reason went down well with the crowd, this evening's X Factor didn't get off to a good start in Dublin, with guest judge Katy left wondering why she had travelled across the pond to join Cheryl, Simon and Louis on the panel.


Boy band: The Reason were also well received by the audience as they performed their own version of Cheryl's hit single Fight For This Love


Original: Simon said the band were the best group he had seen so far this year

Before the first auditionee took to the stage, Katy said: 'I can't wait to spot a star, some kind of diamond in the rough.'

First up was boyband Temple Fire, who compared themselves to Take That before performing their own unique version of Wham's Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.

Before taking to the stage, Temple Fire said: 'We've known each other for 10 years. We rehearse for around five hours a day, sometimes six, to make sure everything is perfect.


Not so good: But Irish boyband Temple Fire didn't go down too well with the judges, with Simon asking if their performance was a joke


Terrible: The group's performance of Wham's Wake Me Up Before You Go Go was described as 'hideous'

'We are going to take the stage and own the stage. Most boybands can just stand here and sing, but we can sing and dance and everything.'

The five piece group, who wore matching T-shirts bearing their band name, even left Cheryl speechless with their out-of-tune performance, complete with cringe-making dance moves.

Following their audition, Simon said: 'That was not serious was it? Oh, give me a break.'

He then added to Irish judge Louis: 'You know what Louis, I'm holding you responsible for this.'


Guest judge: Katy Perry's inclusion on the panel went down incredibly well with her fellow judges


Not impressed: At the beginning of the Dublin auditions, Cheryl and Simon looked unimpressed by the 'talent'

Needless to say, the group got four nos from the judges.

After the first few auditions, Katy, who wore a pretty blue and silver dress: 'It's going to get better, right? I came all the way here for this!'

But it didn't get better straight away, with 32-year-old student Michael McCarthy, 47-year-old pub singer Noel O'Keefe and a man dressed as a tiger all getting four nos from the judges.


Four nos: Michael McCarthy (left) and pub singer Noel O'Keefe didn't get through to the next round

While Cheryl, Katy and Louis started to get a bit happier when they saw the standard of talent increase, Simon appeared to be refusing to give anyone a yes, telling Louis: 'I haven't liked anyone.'

As girl group Sugar Bullet and singer Sadbh O'Donnell failed to win over Simon, it wasn't until unemployed hairdresser Rebecca Creighton sang Pixie Lott's Cry Me Out that the music mogul cheered up.

After Simon said yes, Louis laughed: 'Rebecca, thank you for coming in, you may have saved the day for me.'


Ladies' night: Girl group Sugar Bullet divided the judges, with Simon saying they were as boring as watching paint dry


Four yeses: Unemployed hairdresser Rebecca was the first act to get a yes from Simon, and four yeses overall

Next up was 27-year-old painter-decorator Matt from Essex, who said he wanted to get through to the next stage because: 'This opportunity would mean the end of Magnolia all over my face and hands!'

Singing Amy Winehouse's You Know That I'm No Good, Matt received a rapturous applause from the audience, with Louis saying he was 'surprised' by his voice but adding that he looked awkward on stage.

Simon gave Matt an 'almighty yes', while Louis and Cheryl also put him through to the next round.

The auditions then moved to London, where Michael Jackson impersonator Michael Lewis, 26, was the first act to take to the stage.


My idol: Michael Lewis took to the stage dressed as his idol Michael Jackson and performed Rock Wit U


Jeered: But his performance wasn't received well by the audience, who booed and jeered him throughout

Wearing a military jacket similar to the one previously sported by Jackson, Michael said he had been inspired to try out for the show by his idol.

He said: 'Michael Jackson is my inspiration. To me he is more than just a musical artist - he is a God, he is a way of life.

'There has been a few times when I have felt Michael Jackson's spirit and I feel like he is telling me to share my love of music.'


Glee-inspired: Group Seven wowed the crowd with their Lady Gaga medley and got through to bootcamp


Sexy ladies: Girlband Husstle delighted the judges, especially Simon, who praised their choreography

But his rendition of Rock Wit U didn't go down too well with the audience, who started booing him when he told them: 'There's a lot of negativity in the room'.

However, his determination to listen to the judges and ignore the audience didn't help him, and he was given four nos.

Next up was boyband The Reason, who delighted Cheryl by performing their own unique version of her hit single Fight For This Love.


Second time lucky: Annastasia Baker was given the chance to perform an Adele song after failing to impress with her rendition of Tina Turner's Proud Mary


Upset: Annastasia had previously got through to the judges' houses stage of the show in 2008

London saw a whole host of bands who thought they had the X Factor, including Glee-inspired group Seven, sexy girlband Husstle and boy band Princes & Rogues, who all got through to bootcamp.


Not a good look: Simon made Annastasia take off her shoes for her second song

A familiar face was on the stage next in the form of Annastasia Baker, 21, who made it through to the judges' houses stage in 2008 but wasn't taken through by Cheryl.

While her shoes distracted Simon as soon as she came on for her audition, her performance of Tina Turner's Proud Mary was even less popular with the music mogul, who told her: 'This is like one of those terrible Tina Tuner impersonation acts. I've seen trannies do better versions than that.'

But Simon decided to give Annastasia a second chance, after making her take her white shoes off, and she sang Adele's Make You Feel My Love.

The emotional track went down a lot better with the judges, with Cheryl saying: 'I think you did a fantastic audition', and Louis also praising her.

And despite Simon telling her she sang like a cabaret singer, he eventually said yes - giving her three yeses and putting her through to the next stage.

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Edited by Bren - 29 Aug 2010 at 12:47
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  Quote Ollie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Aug 2010 at 22:00
dont know about anyone else but this series of the xfactor is not really doing it for me and i normally enjoy the audition stage
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  Quote killersbee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Aug 2010 at 23:20
Well, for me it's only just getting started...BB11 may have disappointed us, but X-Factor will not, once it gets going for a while longer

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