X Factor’s Mary Byrne said she could have made it to the final if the public rather than judges had been given the final say.
The 50-year-old supermarket checkout worker from Dublin left the show on Sunday night after facing a sing-off with Cher Lloyd.
She and the other contestants had thought the public would choose the act to leave at the semi-final stage, as in previous years – and only learnt that The X Factor judges would make the final choice on Saturday night.
Mary suggested she may have beaten Cher had it had been purely down to the public vote.
She said: “I hope I would have. I know the public has supported me right the way through. And if there had been a chance that they could have done it that way, it would have been great.”
Mary said she sympathised with fans who had backed her to get as far as the semi-final, only to have the final say taken from their hands.
She said: “I do feel sorry for them because I know they voted in their thousands, God bless them.
“But they understand it’s a young person’s programme.
“I have this opportunity now and hope they stay with me, the fans, and buy my record and really just enjoy me and I’ll enjoy them.”
Mary said she thought the public should have chosen the acts who made it through to the final. Next week’s finale to the series – which will finally crown this year’s X Factor winner – will be fought between Lloyd, Rebecca Ferguson, One Direction and Matt Cardle.