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X Factor Mary Byrne: I’m feeling pressure of ‘hostile’ judges

X Factor sensation Mary Byrne has revealed the increasing pressure she now feels on the ITV show.

The 51-year-old said that growing tension about who will be eliminated next, coupled with increasingly hostile comments towards her from judges Dannii Minogue and Simon Cowell, who referred to her last week as a “pub singer”, have driven her to breaking point.

“There's performing and now there's what might be waiting for you now from the judges. It's definitely getting nastier. Simon called me a pub singer on Saturday. He meant it as a put-down but I've sang in bars and know plenty of great pub singers in Ireland who I respect. I don't mind being called a pub singer,” Mary said last night.

The Tesco worker will sing Beatles song Something on tonight's Fab Four-themed live show.

In recent weeks the shop worker's covers have been hit and miss but she said she believed the George Harrison-penned ballad was a track she could make her own. “I knew the song already and it suits me. You can expect me to put the whole of myself into it. I'm really trying to enter body and soul into each song I perform because these are the shows in which I win or lose ,” she said.

Although one act will be eliminated this weekend, upcoming X Factors are to feature double eliminations which she said had left all the finalists feeling vulnerable. “The show has changed in the last few week, the judges are behaving differently. We all feel the pressure. I know I am, but I really am going to give it my best,” she said.

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