Tuesday 23 January 2018

X Factor bosses have MaBy as a cert to get past Saturday’s vote

MARY Byrne looks set to sail through yet another nerve-racking X Factor elimination this weekend.

The Herald can reveal that ITV is gearing up to demonstrate the huge support for the Dublin singer – dubbed MaBy – here in the capital in a future episode.

In a clear sign of their faith in Mary’s popularity, the show’s researchers have just begun gathering together all evidence of Irish support for the Ballyfermot singer, including the highprofile ads run by her employers Tesco, and newspaper coverage.

The information is expected to be included in a special feature on Mary for an upcoming episode later in the series rather than on Saturday night’s show.

The 50-year-old has been installed as one of the hot favourites to win this year. The hugely talented singer, who has been compared to her idol Shirley Bassey, is already being tipped for global stardom after the series.


And she is believed to be one of the main reasons extra Irish dates have just been added to the upcoming X Factor Live tour next year.

According to Aiken Promotions, demand for tickets looks set to be huge. They have just added three extra February dates to the Irish tour – one for the O2 in Dublin and two at the Odyssey in Belfast. Tickets go on sale for the extra dates next Thursday at 9am. Mary is set to appear on The Late Late Show for her first Irish interview after the X Factor where she’ll be urging the public to get behind her for the big TV vote.

But it seems it won’t be the first time she is caught on camera by RTE. The shop worker could soon be popping up in an episode of RTE's Anonymous after stumbling across the TV cameras during a visit home this week.

The mother-of-one was ambushed by Jason Byrne and a celebrity in disguise as she shopped on Grafton Street on Wednesday. Mary’s mentor Louis recently joined the nation by declaring his full support for her and admitted he expects her to be among the last contestants standing.

“She will be in the overall final. I think she got one of the biggest number of votes on Saturday night and she definitely got the longest ovation from the audience.

“They had to cut off the clapping to let the judges speak but it went on for well over a minute,” he said. “Mary can absolutely win this.”

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