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Friday 15 December 2017

Mary will shake off mystery bug to make her X Factor live debut

NOTHING will keep X Factor sensation Mary Byrne off the stage tomorrow night.

The Ballyfermot native (50) has been struck with a mystery bug this week, sparking fear that she would be unable to perform on the first live show.

The talented Tesco worker has been tucked up in bed for the last number of days in a bid to rest up.

But her brother Tommy told the Herald that "nothing" will stop Mary from performing tomorrow night.

The songstress has performed while she was ill before, and her brother has assured fans that she won't be taking her performance tomorrow lightly.

"Very seldom that she'd say that she can't sing, if it's a sore throat or anything. She's very strong, nothing is going to keep her down," he said.

Shy Mary only came out of her shell in the last five years and began performing at various different venues in the capital, sometimes alongside her brother.

"There were some great nights, but you just leave it to her and she can work away at it. Mary is the star. I get very choked up watching her on TV sometimes," he said.



Confidence

Mary, was virtually unrecognisable to her family after a recent head to toe makeover ahead of the live shows,

"She looks very well, I didn't recognise her when I saw her," said Tommy.

"She would have dressed like that going to weddings, but otherwise she's a normal type of person and very easygoing."

Her brother added that she will likely stick with her new image.

"I'd say she will, she looks very well and very relaxed. It'd be good for her confidence alright," he said.

Mary's family will be gathering around their TV set to watch her perform tomorrow night, but hope to get to see the live shows in person next week if she makes it through.

"We're looking forward to it, we'll be on the edge of our seats the whole time," he said.

Meanwhile, fellow Dubliner Rebecca Creighton will be taking the stage with her band Belle Amie -- and her supportive family are confident that she will make it through.

"It's just so amazing how well she is doing. I think everyone is particularly impressed because they formed at the last minute and the girls are still so brilliant," said a family member.

"It's like they've been best friends all their lives -- they're already ready to go."

cmcbride@herald.ie

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