Late Late wins bidding war for X Factor Mary interview
Mary Byrne has been nabbed by RTE's Late Late Show as they try to steal a march on their TV3 rivals.
The Ballyfermot X Factor star has been the subject of fierce competition among TV chiefs as she continues her ascent up the showbiz ladder.
With TV3 trouncing RTE in the ratings battle last weekend with huge figures for the first X Factor, the heat is now on the national broadcaster to secure her first 'exit interview' from the hit show.
And the rivalry was also intense within RTE with both Ryan Tubridy's programme and The Saturday Night Show hoping to nail down an interview with Mary (50).
However, the mum-of-one has opted to appear on the long-running chat show instead, once she leaves. "That's the more established show. Louis Walsh has appeared on it himself a number of times, as have most of his major acts so it's always going to be the natural choice for Mary," said a source.
"Obviously she is becoming a huge star and could go very far in the competition so RTE doesn't want to be left behind when it comes to getting her on its programme once she leaves.
"TV3 has shown that it's well able to rival the national broadcaster when it comes to viewership figures for the X Factor and pulled in huge ratings last weekend so RTE is determined to score their own back by getting Mary on."
As first revealed in the Herald, this Saturday will see Mary perform the Dusty Springfield classic You Don't Have To Say You Love Me.
This weekend will see the contestants performing in a musical heroes-themed programme, leaving the acts with plenty of choice when it comes to picking their songs.
Her daughter Deborah (23) has revealed how her mum is "getting on great" this week and she is hoping to travel over to London this weekend to cheer her on in person. "She loves doing it," she said. She had doubts whether her mum would return to her till at Tesco once the competition is over. "You can never say never - because she loves Tesco - but this is the next step for her."