Mary and Cher wow on X Factor

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X Factor star Cher Lloyd

Mary Byrne received a standing ovation at the debut live show of 'X Factor' last night (09.10.10), while Cher Lloyd defied critics to put on a strong performance.

Mary Byrne and Cher Lloyd stole the show on last night's 'X Factor' (09.10.10).

The former supermarket checkout worker received a standing ovation following her performance of James Brown's 'It's a Man's World', while all four of the show's judges - Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and her mentor Louis Walsh - praised the "Tesco lady from Dublin".

Dannii - struggling to be heard over the huge applause - said: "You have brought the house down here. Mary, I can only say that is one of the best vocal performances on the show. It would be an absolute crime if you went back to your day job. This should be your day job."

Louis added: "The Tesco lady from Dublin has become a diva. I am so, so proud of you Mary, I so believe in you."

Cher, 17, also impressed her critics with a savvy performance of Beats International's 'Just Be Good To Me' following weeks of newspaper headlines claiming she wouldn't be able to cope with the pressures of fame.

Her mentor Cheryl said: "To get up there after all the pressure you've been under says you're a star. I love watching you, you're cool, current, young and just what this competition needs."

Simon also heaped praise on the youngster from Malvern, claiming she had great stage presence.

He said: "Any doubts anyone had about why Cheryl picked you a couple of weeks ago have just been blown away."

Other standout performances included Aiden Grimshaw, who wowed with his rendition of 'Mad World' by Tears for Fears, and Matt Cardle, who performed a downbeat version of David Guetta's 'When Love Takes Over'.

In a further twist to the show, each judge had a wild card act come back to the stage to perform. Simon selected camp duo Diva Fever, Louis chose Wagner, Cheryl gave her extra space to Treyc Cohen and Dannii picked Paije Richardson.

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