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Tuesday 24 October 2017

I need you over here, pleads MaBy but fear of flying hits daughter Debbie

MARY Byrne is desperate for her daughter to join her in London to support her at the X Factor this weekend.

The Herald can reveal how the Ballyfermot crooner (50) has asked her daughter Deborah to be one of her special guests at the Halloween-themed show at Fountain Studios.

MaBy was seen having a "meltdown" last weekend after having to change her song at the very last minute.

Now she's keeping her fingers crossed that her daughter will be able to come over and see her perform live this weekend, saying she needs her more than ever as the competition gets tougher every week.

"Deborah's absolutely terrified of flying but she has told her mam she'll get over it so she can be there for her at the X Factor," said an insider.

"Contestants only get a handful of tickets to give to family and friends every weekend and Mary would have had Deborah there all the time, if it wasn't for this fear of flying.

"But she has told Mary she'll do her best to travel over as she knows she's been having a really hard time lately."

This week saw Mary admitting how she had a "very tough" time on the programme lately.

She has been left in tears several times and has had trouble sleeping in the X Factor house, given the noise levels from the younger contestants.

The crooner has also battled laryngitis, pains from her arthritis and is also going through the menopause.

She received criticism for performing her audition song, I Who Have Nothing, last weekend after deciding the new song just didn't suit her.

"It was one of those weeks where I wasn't sure about the song and then we just went back to the one of the oldies. We don't know whether we did the right thing or not, but we're going to try to up the ante this week," Mary explained.

"The X Factor has been brilliant but I miss my daughter terribly. I miss my family and friends and my colleagues, I miss all of them.

"I know the support I have back home and I don't want to let people down".

This week will see Mary perform the Barry Manilow hit Could It Be Magic and will have That Ole Devil Called Love as her second song.

mfinn@herald.ie

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