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    Posted: 11 Oct 2010 at 12:27

Battle of the X Factor divas: One's a 50-year-old who works at Tesco. Her rival's a size 6 teenager. So who's got that bit extra?

By Simon Cable
Last updated at 11:12 AM on 11th October 2010

Surrounded by younger, more glamorous contestants, 50-year-old Mary Byrne stood out for all the wrong reasons.

But on Saturday, the Tesco worker got the audience’s attention for exactly the right one.

Performing live for the first time on The X Factor, Miss Byrne gave a note-perfect rendition of James Brown hit, It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World – and was given a reception that even favourite 17-year-old Cher Lloyd could not match.

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Something to prove: 50-year-old Mary Byrne overcame self-confidence issues to win the audience over in spectacular style on Saturday's show. Meanwhile, Cher Lloyd managed to find her voice and earned unanimous praise from the judges

Last night, watched by millions, the pair were emerging as the frontrunners to win the competition, which has weeks more left to run.

Meanwhile, boyband FYD and Italian singer Nicolo Festa became the first acts to be eliminated.

Up until now, Miss Lloyd has dominated the headlines. The judges on the ITV talent show appeared to like the petite singer so much, that she was put through to the last 12 even though illness meant she could not sing a note at the final audition – and broke down in tears.

But at the first live performance, Miss Byrne, a single mother, cast aside severe self-doubt over her weight and battled through a debilitating cold to cement her position among X Factor’s forerunners.

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Booted out: Nicolo Festa, a 22-year-old Italian student, received the lowest number of public votes and was automatically axed during Sunday's show

Judge Dannii Minogue told her: ‘You have brought the house down here, Mary. I can only say that is one of the best vocal performances on the show. It would be an absolute crime if you went back to your day job.’

It seems her bosses at the supermarket agree. Staff nationwide have been encouraged to vote for the checkout worker, who has been given time off to focus on the ITV talent show. 

 

And the chain is believed to be lining up a £175,000 deal for the single mother to promote the supermarket.

Meanwhile, Miss Lloyd also had something to prove on Saturday. The teenager had been heavily criticised after she was put through to the finals, while Gamu Nhengu was sent home.

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Dream is over: The five members of F.Y.D were the other big losers of the night as judge Louis Walsh sealed their fate

But on Saturday, Miss Lloyd gave a performance which helped silence her critics. Afterwards, Simon Cowell told her: ‘Any doubts anyone had about why this one [Miss Cole] picked you a couple of weeks ago have just been blown away.

‘You are exactly what we are looking for, which is a new little star.’

There have been fears that Miss Lloyd is not strong enough to cope with the demands of the contest. Already, she has been assigned a 24-hour counsellor by the show’s producers and she has had to deny claims of an eating disorder.

At the weekend, the teenager, from Malvern, Worcestershire, said: ‘There is a lot going on in my life. I am very young and I can’t believe all the things I have already been through.

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Safe for now: Katie Waissel was in the bottom three but her performance of Don't Let Me Down by the Beatles was enough to impress the judges who voted to keep her in the competition for another week...

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Phew! Favourite Cher Lloyd looks relieved as she hears that she's made it through to next week's show. The 17-year-old won praise from Simon Cowell on Saturday's show

‘But now I am so much wiser. I so know what I am doing and I am doing it well. I am not a little girl any more. I am like a 30-year-old up in my brain.’

She appeared on the stage with six backing dancers before launching into her version of Dub Be Good To Me, a hit song for Beats International in 1990.And she told the Sunday Mirror: ‘I am here for one thing only and that is to win.’

It is the kind of determination that Miss Byrne will understand. She has already had a shot at chart fame after winning Irish talent show Nollaig No 1 two years ago. But although she released a single under the name Mary Lee, it sold just 19 copies in the first week.

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Standing ovation: The judges get to their feet after pop star Usher performs a medley of tracks on Sunday's results show

And she had to go back to working for Tesco in Ballyfermot, a run-down Dublin suburb. ‘I left school at 13 to help bring in money at home,’ she said. ‘I spent years in factory after factory before getting a checkout job at Tesco 11 years ago.

‘When I saw Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent I decided to give it a go.’

But she has so far rejected comparisons with 49-year-old Miss Boyle, who had to check into rehab following an emotional breakdown blamed on her rise to fame last year.

She said: ‘Susan was a shy woman. But I’m embracing the limelight. I want to spend a lot of time in the spotlight.’

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Last year's winner: Joe McElderry performed his new single Ambitions sporting a new edgy look

At her audition in June, Miss Byrne left Cheryl Cole close to tears after singing a Shirley ­Bassey hit, I Who Have Nothing. Cowell is said to have offered her a makeover, and Miss Byrne has insisted she wants to shed weight to help her fulfil her dream.

Louis Walsh, her mentor, said on Saturday: ‘The Tesco lady from Dublin has become a diva! You’ve got the X Factor.’

The pair weren’t the only acts to impress the judges. After 18-year-old Aiden Grimshaw’s performance of the Tears For Fears song Mad World, Walsh said: ‘We have found something special in this guy, one of the best performances of the night.’

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Battle of the frocks: Of course, the X Factor is as much about what Cheryl and Danni wear as it is about the contestants...

And Miss Minogue told the Blackpool teenager: ‘Aiden, that performance had legs and such substance, but there’s also this incredible vulnerability. Blackpool – turn the lights on, Aiden is here!’

Festa, a 22-year-old Italian student, was automatically axed from the competition after receiving the lowest number of public votes for his cover of Lady Gaga’s Just Dance.

FYD, a group of 20-somethings, were forced into a sing-off with Katie Waissel, 24, after receiving the next lowest totals.

In a bid to stay, Miss Waissel sang a version of Beatles song Don’t Let Me Down. FYD sang Rihanna hit Don’t Stop The Music. Only Cowell chose to keep the group.

Miss Minogue and Miss Cole both voted to keep Miss Waissel, leaving Walsh to decide to send the group home or take the decision to a public vote. He chose to keep Miss Waissel.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1319425/X-Factor-2010-Cher-Lloyd-Mary-Byrne-battle-divas.html#ixzz1234roMIF
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  Quote Jonnyboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Oct 2010 at 12:30
I really don't get what everyone see's in Cher, she looks like a blow up doll come to life and isn't the best singer by a long shot. Mary on the other had did an amazing performance and was note perfect. 
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  Quote Bren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Oct 2010 at 12:34
I don't like either Jon - Cher for what you say and Mary because it is all so manipulated she won big Irish Song Contest and had recording deal she is also Nicky Byrne's Aunt (so Louis must have know her) and she is no ordinaryt tesco checkout assistant like we are being led to believe
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  Quote Jonnyboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Oct 2010 at 12:47
the whole thing is manipulated 
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  Quote deborah31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Oct 2010 at 17:14

Cher does nothing for me, imo, a Cheryl Cole wannabee!!

My favourite is Rebecca!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
not interested in any of the others
(altho i do like One direction, more talent in there, than any other group/individual)
don't like the Waissel girl either, and not a fan of Matt. (don't mind his voice tho, i just keep thinking Donovan)
and can't stand STORM LEE,  no voice there either!!! wtf is wagner, or whoever he is (you  can tell i FF thru the whole show!!)
 
infact trying to think if there's anyone else in there i do like!!
 
 
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  Quote deborah31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Oct 2010 at 17:16
just remembered, I do like the young boy Paije!!!
 
so Rebecca, Paije, and One direction for me!!!!!
 
The rest meh!!
(not including TreyC, as she has already had some sort of recording deal, so NOT FAIR!!, LOL)
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2010 at 11:26
It's all hype with Cher, once she gives a dodgy performance (and she will, like the above posters, I'm not seeing anything special here)  we'll be flooded with the 'frail Cher' stories once again. Roll%20Eyes
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  Quote Laura Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2010 at 19:30
I can barely even look at Cher, let alone listen to her horrid voice.
I'm glad I don't get what all the fuss is about.

And her style (self styled for Saturday night apparently) is hideous.

Still don't believe she's not a 40 year old crack addict.
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