X Factor Mary Byrne survives despite meltdown
Mary Byrne has revealed the background to her near meltdown on 'the X Factor' at the weekend: loneliness.
The 51-year-old survived elimination last night after a below-par appearance on Saturday night performing Faith Hill's 'There You'll Be'.
Mary embraced her mentor, judge Louis Walsh after her name was the last one called out on the hit TV3 show's results programme last night.
Afterwards she said: "I thought I was gone. Seriously I thought I did but there were so many people voting for me I got through."
Mary explained that celebrating her birthday in London last week without her only daughter was the cause of the poor performance.
"I missed my daughter so much and I missed my family. That's why I was so sad and then the birthday came and everything," said Mary, who brought up her daughter on her own. "I got so low."
"It was the first birthday I have ever been away from Deborah. I spent the day doing vocal training and then doing media interviews in a big hotel in London. It was evening by the time I got back to the house to ring Deborah. We spoke for an hour. I just felt so emotional and sad being away from her."
The 23-year-old had been due to travel over for the 'X Factor' finals last weekend but decided to postpone the trip until next weekend.
The two singers up for elimination last night were Katie Waissel and Treyc Cohen.
Despite backing from judge Danni Minogue Treyc was voted off when fellow judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh opted to send Katie through to next week's show and Cheryl Cole refused to vote because they were both her acts.
Checkout worker Mary, from Ballyfermot in Dublin, has found fame with her big voice in recent months but on Saturday she was in danger of being outsung by her backing vocalists and appeared disconnected, both from the track and her own performance.
This was picked up on by panelist Dannii Minogue.
"I think for whatever reason, tonight you weren't in that song," Minogue told Ms Byrne during the judges' comments.
While fellow judge Cheryl Cole added: "You seemed really emotional tonight, Mary, and not yourself."
However, the loyalty of Ms Byrne's fans kept her in the competition last night as they voted her through to next week's live show.
"I just want to thank all the people who supported me. If I ever needed their support, it was this weekend. I know I could have done better but I was just feeling nervous, emotional and quite sad on Saturday night," Ms Byrne said.
With the judges of the show pressurising Ms Byrne to perform more contemporary material, the Dublin woman was also forced into learning a new song, taken from the soundtrack of 2001 film 'Pearl Harbour', for her performance.
"I'd never sung that song before and it gave me problems from the start," she said. "I kept forgetting the words and losing my concentration at rehearsals. It took me three attempts to get it right. We got through it okay on the night."
Ms Byrne said that with the contestants down to the final 10 and friends like Scottish singer Storm now eliminated from the programme, it can sometimes be lonely in the 'X Factor' house.
"It's all got a lot quieter, but I'm promising everybody who supported me, next Saturday I will be a different singer," she said.