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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Louis rallies fans after Mary's 'meltdown'

STRESS: 'She just cracked up'

THE future of X Factor sensation Mary Byrne (50) hangs in the balance this weekend after she had a massive "meltdown" on the hit show.

Her manager Louis Walsh has launched a huge appeal for the Irish public to get behind her, saying she needs their support more than ever.

The Herald can also reveal that Louis has buried the hatchet with rival Cheryl Cole after a war of words. But his main focus is on Mary after the pressure of being one of the favourites finally got to the Ballyfermot mum in the run-up to tonight’s programme.

The drama was sparked after X Factor bosses decided that the song she had been rehearsing wasn’t the right choice for her, creating a last-minute panic. “It’s been crazy. Mary, at rehearsals, just cracked up.

The song didn’t suit her that we picked,” said Louis Walsh. “She was singing Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and it just didn’t suit her so there was a bit of a meltdown, it was all on camera, you’ll see it all on the show. “She just totally cracked up because she didn’t like the song.

Everybody has to have a ‘save me’ song on the show so she’s going to sing that instead, which is I Who Have Nothing, which should be brilliant.” Last week, the Tesco worker said she felt like walking out after the stress became too much and she was feeling “really worn out”.

But Westlife manager Louis is confident she can overcome her nerves and go on to storm the competition – providing the Irish public get behind her. “She’ll be okay but I really need everybody in Ireland to vote for her. Mary can win this show if everyone gets behind her and backs her,” he said.

He also revealed today that he and Cheryl Cole are now on good terms again. And he said she was pulling out all the stops to ensure her performance of new single Promises blows everyone away this Sunday. “We just made up yesterday,” he said. “You know when you’re really good friends with people and you have rows with them and then you make up.”

mfinn@herald.ie

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