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Walsh to mastermind Mary's album

Louis Walsh has revealed he will mastermind an album for X Factor reject Mary Byrne - and predicted: "I see a great future."

Dublin singer Byrne, 50, was kicked out of the show at the weekend, controversially missing out on a place in the final due to judges' votes.

But Walsh - who guided Boyzone and Westlife to stardom - said he would be laying the groundwork for a forthcoming album from the chart hopeful.

Byrne missed out on a place after finding herself in a sing-off at the weekend with Cher Lloyd. Unlike previous years where finalists were chosen solely by public voting, judges - including show boss Simon Cowell - voted three-to-one to put Lloyd through to the finale.

It has led to viewers complaining that show bosses tinkered with the format to ensure Lloyd a place in the final.

But Walsh hit back: "The show is absolutely not a fix, I could say a lot of things about Simon, he's vain, he's arrogant and ambitious - but he is 100% honest and by the book on the show, he wants the public to decide who will win.

"But he likes the show to be unpredictable and that's the great thing about working on the show and that's why it's so exciting for the public to watch."

Walsh said record company boss Cowell would also be backing her album.

He said: "With Simon's help Mary will be making the album she's always wanted to make and I'll help her with the whole production on that, picking songs and getting the right producers for her to work with."

Walsh also suggested that Byrne could see a hit career similar to that of Susan Boyle, who was the runner up on Britain's Got Talent last year.

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