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No more checkout for Mary Byrne

Latest X Factor reject Mary Byrne has said she would not be returning to her old job on a supermarket checkout now she has been axed from the ratings-winning British talent show.

Byrne, 50, from Dublin, worked at Tesco before her lengthy run on the show, which led to her making it to the semi-finals.

She lost out to 17-year-old Cher Lloyd in a sing-off in the semi-final on Sunday night, securing only one vote from mentor Louis Walsh.

Speaking to ITV1's Lorraine show, Byrne said she was looking forward to touring with other X Factor stars - and new career in music.

Asked by presenter Lorraine Kelly if she would return to her old job, she said: "No, I don't think so. I'm hoping I'll get an album and get a new single out.

"I'm looking forward to the tour. It's going to be such fun and being back in Dublin."

Lorraine noted how Byrne retained her composure when she landed in the bottom two on two occasions and did not show any anger.

Byrne said: "It's just not in me. I love what I was doing, I love singing. This is the confidence now that I didn't have.

"The build up to that one night and one song is so hard. I always said the highs are higher than the lows. I enjoyed every moment of it. I feel that for me that was my winning night. That was my final and I enjoyed it."

Byrne said she was now backing Rebecca. She said: "My thoughts go to Rebecca, definitely." Rebecca Ferguson will battle it out with Matt Cardle, Lloyd and One Direction in Saturday's final.

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