X Factor’s Mary: ‘I’m not going back to Tescos’

Mary Byrne says she will not be returning to her old job on a supermarket checkout now she has been axed from The X Factor.

Mary, 50, from Dublin, worked at Tesco before her lengthy run on the show, which led to her making it to the semi-finals.

She lost out to 17-year-old Cher Lloyd in a sing-off in the semi-final on Sunday night, securing only one vote from mentor Louis Walsh.

Speaking to ITV1’s Lorraine show today, Mary said she was looking forward to touring with other X Factor stars – and a new career in music.

Asked by presenter Lorraine Kelly if she would return to her old job, she said: “No, I don’t think so. I’m hoping I’ll get an album and get a new single out.

“I’m looking forward to the tour. It’s going to be such fun and being back in Dublin.”

Lorraine noted how Mary retained her composure when she landed in the bottom two on two occasions and did not show any anger.

Mary said: “It’s just not in me. I love what I was doing, I love singing. This is the confidence now that I didn’t have.

“The build up to that one night and one song is so hard. I always said the highs are higher than the lows. I enjoyed every moment of it. I feel that for me that was my winning night. That was my final and I enjoyed it.”

Mary said she was now backing Rebecca Feguson. She said: “My thoughts go to Rebecca, definitely.”