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X Factor Mary bewitches fans with Manilow classic

Mary Byrne still has X Factor fans under her spell.

Her dynamic performance of the Barry Manilow classic 'Could It Be Magic' had the judges eating out of her hand on Saturday night and proved enough last night to earn her a place in next week's show.

The 50-year-old supermarket cashier, who is among the favourites to win this year, wowed the judges and the audience alike with her devil horns and big voice.

Sadly, it was bad news for Dublin girl Rebecca Creighton and her girlband Belle Amie who were voted off last night after going head-to-head with singer Katie Waissel.

Irish boyband contestant Niall Horan of One Direction, from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, managed to stay in the show.

Ms Byrne's mentor, Louis Walsh, who has described her as the "people's champion", came under fire last week from his fellow judges for not choosing more current songs for the Ballyfermot woman.

However, MaBy, as she is known to her fans, received nothing but praise following her upbeat performance.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, the Dublin woman said she sang her heart out on Saturday, despite being very nervous to be first up on the night.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. It was very different for me, and I hope it proved to the judges that I am versatile, and I can change and do different things," she said.

Walsh explained how he managed to intervene on what could have been a serious fashion faux pas for the Irish diva.

"When Mary was backstage during rehearsals they had put this ridiculously big hat on her, which was really distracting," he said.

"Mary and I both felt it had to go," he added.

Her mentor said he desperately wanted her in the final, and appealed to the Irish public to get behind her.

Loyal fans were out in force in Ballyfermot for the results show.

No one at Downey's nor Tim Young's doubted for a second that Ms Byrne would make it through to the final 10 in last night's crucial vote.

"She nailed that song," said fellow Ballyfermot native and friend Sammy Coombes (52).

"It was absolutely fabulous," he said.

Mr Coombes and his wife Lorraine were among the throng of loyal supporters who crammed Tim Young's pub on Saturday to cheer on Ms Byrne.

"The whole of Ballyfermot is on a buzz.

"She's after bringing everyone up out of the recession. It's her time to shine."

But it is the end of the road for Ms Creighton, after her band got voted off last night. The writing had, however, been on the wall.

Ms Creighton had earlier told the Irish Independent that she had been taken aback by some negative commentary from judge Dannii Minogue on Saturday night.

"It was one of the first times that we thought we had really nailed the performance, so it was a bit of a shock that we had got such negative comments from Dannii.

"You just never now how the judges or the public are going to react," she said.

Source Irish Independent

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