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Monday 18 December 2017

Romance with Wagner? I'm too busy with my singing, says our Mary

FRIENDS: 'He's a lovely man, but I'm not checking him out'

X Factor star Mary Byrne says she has no time for romance, because she's too busy concentrating on her music career.

The Ballyfermot checkout worker who has been linked to fellow contestant Wagner, told the Herald backstage at last night's show that love is certainly not on the cards.

"Music is my first love and that's what I feel I'm married to now -- I've no time for anything else," she said.

The duo have become firm friends but Mary is adamant it is purely platonic.

"Wagner's a lovely man but he definitely wouldn't be my cup of tea and I don't think I would be his. He likes the young women, you know! I'd go for someone around my own age or about 45, between them two."

Mary (50) was filled with relief at hearing she had made it through to the next round of the competition.

Speaking just moments after finding out her fate, Mary said: "It's brilliant, I'm gasping for a drink now!

"The amount of support the people back home have been giving me is amazing. My family have been sending me updates the whole time and I'm just bowled over by the whole thing. It's just been unreal".



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Mum-of-one Mary has a superstar fan -- Katy Perry.

The Kissed A Girl pop princess was singing the praises of the Ballyfermot star backstage at last night's results show.

And her mentor Louis Walsh revealed how Katy Perry, who performed her new single Fireworks, is raving about her.

"Katy's mad about Mary's voice, she thinks there's something so soulful about it. She has definitely been one of Katy's favourites since she picked her at the Dublin auditions, she has a real soft spot for her," he said.

Although Louis lost one of his acts last night after Storm was voted out, he said he was confident Mary would go all the way to the finals.

Meanwhile, Tallaght's Rebecca Creighton said she realised she had a lucky reprieve after her girlband Belle Amie were saved from eviction. The group were in the bottom two last night but the judges opted to send camp twosome Diva Fever home instead.

"I feel it really was the kick up the bum that we all needed," she told the Herald. "Maybe we had rested on our laurels a bit and this is the real shock. When we were performing to stay in the competition for the second time, I was concentrating on not crying the whole time as I was so close to tears.



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"Thank God we got another chance and hopefully we'll have a better show next week.

"We really need all the people in Dublin to get behind us now and get voting."

Fellow Irish contestant Niall Horan (17) from Mullingar also went through to the next stages of the competition with boyband One Direction.

"All you can do is give it your best and that's what we've been doing so far and it seems to be working," he explained.

However, he proved that despite his newfound stardom, he still gets starstruck himself. He made a bee-line for Irish rugby international Tommy Bowe after spotting him backstage at the show, asking him for an autograph and posing for pictures with him.

A surprise attendee at the pop competition, the sports star revealed his delight after his Swansea Ospreys side beat London Irish on Friday night.

"It was great to get a win as the other side are playing really well at the moment. The autumn internationals are coming up shortly and hopefully I'll get picked," he said.

mfinn@herald.ie

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