Mary Byrne loses X Factor sing-off

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 December 2010
Mary Byrne

Mary Byrne

Mary Byrne has narrowly lost out on a place in 'The X Factor' final after losing to 17-year-old hopeful Cher Lloyd in the show's sing-off last night (05.12.10)

Mary Byrne narrowly missed out on a place in 'The X Factor' final after losing last night's (05.12.10) sing-off to Cher Lloyd.

The 50-year-old supermarket worker - who belted out a powerful rendition of James Brown's classic 'It's a Man's Man's Man's World' - failed to win over judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole, and was only put through to next week's final by mentor Louis Walsh.

Cheryl - who is mentor to 17-year-old Cher - admitted picking between the two hopefuls at such a late stage in the competition was tough, as the Irish singer's vocals were so "touching".

She said: "This is really difficult because Mary you have always touched me with your vocal and you know that. You are two completely different acts that we would not compare in the real world. But Cher is my girl and I backed her from the start and I will until the end."

However, the judges' decision has caused angry 'X Factor' fans to bombard the ITV1 show's website with a tirade of complaints, after changes to the voting procedure meant there was a semi-final sing-off for the first time in the programme's history.

This was despite host Dermot O'Leary telling viewers on Saturday night's show: "Your votes and your votes alone can get your favourite act safely through to the final."

In recent years, the act with the lowest proportion of the public vote has automatically been eliminated from the show, whereas this year the judges voted for the contestant they felt had performed the best in the sing-off.

An 'X Factor' spokesperson said: "As a show evolves there are always changes to the format."

Cher, alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Matt Cardle and boyband One Direction will all battle it out in next week's final.

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