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Sunday, 5 December, 2010

Mary Byrne misses out on the X Factor Final

Filed under: Cher Lloyd,Mary Byrne

Mary Byrne and Cher Lloyd were in the bottom two this week, singing for a place in the final.

Mary sang This Is A Man’s World and delivered her trademark massively powerful vocal.
Cher was visibly tearful during her performance of Everytime.

Louis Walsh unsurprisingly backed his own act, and likewise Cheryl. Dannii Minogue opted to send Cher Lloyd through, which left the decision up to Simon Cowell. Simon said that he had ‘supported [Mary] since the beginning’, and that Mary could ‘walk away from this competition with pride’, before sending Cher through.


  1. Simon… we get it that your in for the money, made that clear but do us a favour dont include an over 28 section when no one will ever win, you and the people chose someone who will sell money, someone talentless like cher loyd, not a great singer like Mary. Cher cannot sing at all, the only reason she is in the show because some people like cheryl, god knows why.. oh and cher, never ever ruin coldplay for anyone, you runined it! mary all the way, well done louise!!

    Comment by sam — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:03

  2. Mary was AMAZING!!!!!!!! Cher is shit and should have gone home, simon is a complete and utter prick saying he backing mary and sending cher through??? Cher does not deserve to be in the competition!!! She’s a slag WTF is she doing mary is a much better singer. Cher can’t sing if the world depended on it she was off key the whole way through at first, no joke, I thought someone stepped on a cat. Why is it that soo many brilliant singers have left the competition because of cher and katie? They were both shite!!! So if u can get mary back because she could have won the competition.

    Comment by ben beckers-youde — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:05

  3. What a disgrace. Mary sent home because she is mature and able to take a rejection. She was obviously the better singer. If Danni had been able to go with her heart, rather than behaving as a puppet to Simon, MIary would have gone through. If Simon chose to go to the public vote, we would have a true reflection of the public perception of both singers. Dare I say there is a hint of fattism and ageism

    Comment by Catherine Clarke — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:09

  4. Mary Byrne shouldn’t have got sent home tonight. She is a fantastic singer and Cher Llyod hasn’t a patch on her. I knew Simon would put Cher through, esp after looking to Cheryl for approval. I swear something is going on between the two of them. Simon should have let it go to deadlock, but he couldn’t do that to his bitch.

    Mary Byrne should have went all the way. Now that she’s gone, Rebecca to win !

    Comment by caroline kelly — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:10

  5. Wtf is cher still in I hate that girl with a passion and always have she can’t sing and should never have gotten through bootcamp she can’t sing to save her life and can’t rap for sh*t none of her raps are original like she says go on youtube if you don’t believe me she takes raps from old songs and tries to say she wrote them she is crap and should have gone home I don’t know anyone who likes her!!!!

    Comment by grace george — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:11

  6. I think it’s totally unfair that Mary sang her heart out and that fraggle got through. I know she’s older than Cher but she’s more talented and i object to the tactical voting as cher won’t win. Go on Rebecca and Matt to win.

    Comment by Kat — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:12

  7. Simon i can’t belive you put mary out. To much competion for ure group? Cher should have gone and you know it .

    Comment by Kay — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:12

  8. Simon, as we all know is Cheryl’s lapdog. Grow a pair of balls Simon !

    Comment by caroline kelly — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:13

  9. mary should have gone to the final, talk about the would cup bib was a fiddel the xfactor jugeing must top the lot my sunday nights now will be with the BBC

    Comment by tom bunce — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:14

  10. Oooooooooh one more thing I hope your read this at some point cher. YOU SHOULD NOT BE IN THE COMPETITION!!! THEY ONLY PUT YOU THROUGH FOR PUBLICITY!!!!!!

    Comment by ben beckers-youde — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:15

  11. What is the point of asking the public to vote when the decision at the end is left to the Judges who are biased with there own acts it should be a public decision. Also if Mary was younger and had the look she would be in with a chance, she was definitely the best vocally this showm is very age descrimiative and should be based on voice quality not on look appeal. Also CHer should never have been put through when she did not complete the audition. In my opinion we should scrap th X factor from now on I wont be watching any others

    Comment by liz ryan — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:22

  12. When all the public has always said cher can’t sing and better singers have had to leave to keep her in what is wrong with the judges. Is Simon frightened to admit Cheryl got in wrong keeping her in. How could you support Cheryl on the sing off and let Mary go when she is a far better singer, and how can you have Cheryl as a judge when she can’t even sing live how could she make a good choice. After this l think Cheryl should be the next to leave. Danni what happened you are one of the few judges that have been honest in the past yet you keep Cher over Mary is it because no-one dare go against Cheryl. Well if that is the case then close the show and stop fixing it to keep personal favorites in. Cher can’t sing now and never will maybe that’s why Cheryl likes her it makes her look better another singer who can’t sing.

    Comment by sadie — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:24

  13. what a fiddle all the country knows that mary was the better singer smacks of ageism will never watch this show again when will simon and the lot of them get it its a farce and we the people know this next sat nights viewing will be with the beeb.

    Comment by june galsworthy — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:25

  14. Cher you are s**t!! Mary you have been had!!. Agesism is alive and kicking on X Factor. Mary you are brilliant. Wont be watching the finals or voting ever again.

    Comment by anita — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:29

  15. Was a fix. Its about the best singer and Mary was the best singer on the night. Simon always backs Cheryl’s singers… its pathetic

    Comment by Jean — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:33

  16. OMG!!!!
    I Just Karntt Believe itt!!!!!
    mary is talented and cher is a load ov sh*t
    no offence but mary has a good voice an cher is alrytt but peeps only vote for her because she is with cheryl cole. Simon are you gone thikk or summat sending the talented home an keeping the rubbish act!!
    itz liak keeping wagner but sending home one direction!!!

    Comment by halima — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:36

  17. What a fix, Mary definately was the better singer tonight. This isnt about how good a voice you have anymore, its about how much money simon and his cronies can make out of someone before dumping them on the slag heap. And as for Cher, she may only be 17 as she keeps telling us but she is the most manipulative and scheming 17 yr old i have seen. Should win and oscar for those crocodile tears. come on strictly cause thats where i will spend my money from now on

    Comment by Dawn — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 21:44

  18. Although Cher maybe a hip hop artist she def should be hopping all the way out of the contest. Yet again has Simon been too sacred to go against HRH cheryl or maybe i think in this case in may have been tactics. Both Simon and and Danni kept cher in because they reckon Mary would have be more of threat vocally (being the better singer and person). Although cher maybe all current she also has a attitude problem with tanturms and all. Mary was very gracious with it all. The bottom line is if more viewers voted for her then she probably would not been in the bottom so you only have yourself to blame so stop complaining. Matt all the way for me!

    Comment by mitzy — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 22:17

  19. I can’t believe Mary got voted out over Cher tonight! Such a farce! She was by far the better singer!! Am very disappointed in Danni going for Cher! Simon is a joke to comment on what Mary said on the Xtra Factor! Just because Cheryl did the same thing to Wagner! Mary was right! He was so condescending to her! She can leave with pride? Are you serious? Also last night Cher and Cheryl both said that they didnt want to do a ballad to be like everyone else? Then why did sing a ballad as her save me song? Show has lost it this year! Judges are biased and the public vote appears to be a waste of money!!

    Comment by Sandra — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 22:25

  20. Im afraid mary is just a karokee singer who will never go nowehere, Cher is orginal and has a great voice

    Comment by Marilyn — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 22:51

  21. I think Cher should have gone home as she just isn’t good enough!!

    Comment by sophie tweddell — Sunday, 5 December, 2010 @ 23:20

  22. I have no idea what all you people are talking about Cher should have gone home should she?????? Mary is never going to be a big star and sell records never. Cher is different yes but that is what makes her interesting who wants to see 4 acts in the final that are all the same? She is the only reason i will be watching the final, One direction i can see them making it quite big but will appeal mainly to young kids adults will not be buying there stuff but there fans will grow with them so they do have a future. Matt im sorry i know everyone loves Matt the only time he has wowed me was when he sang some times if ever i saw your face other than that someone please tell me what his edge is? i see another Shane Ward personally at least with Olly last year who should have one his edge is he has great performance skills and stage presence.Now Rebecca this is the contestant that i just do not get she never gets a bad comment always gets told she is class,sincere, nice blah blah blah so boring she has a good voice not great she sings all in the same boring tone a example if anyone saw Alexander Burke perform she changes the tone in her voice and is ten times better than Rebecca and then you have Leona Lewis who is in the premier League so for Louis to say she has everything and is the best contestant of all time i think he has been sniffing something.Again she did a club classic which the origonal did make you want to dance her version made me want to sleep.Again bearly moved i mean i have seen a China doll move more but apparently she is amazing. Cher wont win because the public dont seem to like her as much as the others but she has the edge to compete in the music business and with the right producer behind her could be big.

    Comment by John — Monday, 6 December, 2010 @ 08:15

  23. cher should have gone home in the week after the bust up with the tv crew you have not seen the last of mary, go girl show what you can do. and dont sign any contracts with the panel their only out to make money,

    Comment by tom bunce — Monday, 6 December, 2010 @ 09:37

  24. It was an outrageous decision, Mary was amazing and Cher just whined tunelessly (and rapped horrendously) throughout her entire song and then turned on the crocodile tears at the end. Danni was obviously told to choose Cher because Simon, for some reason, believes he can make money from that talentless, bad tempered brat.

    I thought the show had hit the lowest it could go with the Jedward/Lucie debacle last year but this year it has sunk to even greater lows with yet more extremely talented people being kicked out by the judges instead of some truly dreadful performers and all because Simon thinks he can make money from such people as Cher and Katie.

    Comment by Martha — Monday, 6 December, 2010 @ 09:44

  25. First of all i just wanted to say it was outrageous that Mary was voted off last night..she clearly out sang Cher by a mile. Danni is always saying that she vote’s on who sings the best on the vote out so did she suddenly go deaf??

    Also i am sick of hearing the judges talking about who will be current and who will sell records. can’t mature people sell records then? If they only wanted young people to sing they should not have an over 28 catergory and the show shouldn’t be open to everyone surely??

    Comment by kellinda — Monday, 6 December, 2010 @ 10:47

  26. OK so Simon Cowell gets his way now – but just remember – it is the public who in the future can decide whether or not to buy Cher’s music or go to her concerts and however much Simon manipulates the show – the voting etc – if NO-ONE buys her music or goes to see her the public will have had the last say!!!

    Comment by Linda Tucker — Monday, 6 December, 2010 @ 10:50

  27. I just feel I should make a comment – It wouldnt matter if the best singer on X factor was over 28, they would never win – it is a pop singing contest and the judges make that clear time and time again with their comments. Why doesnt Simon Cowell put on an X factor senior contest, the competition would be at least be fairer, or just dont have an over 28 section at all. Mary you showed such maturity last night and would handle fame better. I cant see how snivelling to get judges votes will help Cher, if she cant handle the competition she definately cant handle fame.

    Comment by cathy — Monday, 6 December, 2010 @ 11:03

  28. Simon Cowells a cheat and danni has no guts…all Cher did was scream, she scared the cat next door with her yelping, if anyone actually believes that she was better than mary in the sing off there off there heads….whats the point of a singoff anyways…cheat cheat chaet…its thiery Henry all over again2

    Comment by Sean — Monday, 6 December, 2010 @ 12:16

  29. You judges should be ashamed of yourselves for robbing the country blind each week. We ring in to vote for our favourite. The best by far last nite on the sing off was Mary so why did the rules change. Oh I know to suit Simon & Co. You are all an absolute disgrace! Do you think the general public are idiots? Mary was never going to win it but fair is fair it should have went to the public vote and cher would have went home because very few people like her. she’s arrogant and by the way she can’t even rap ask eninem. Hope she goes first next week but I for one will not be watching. RIP X Factor

    Comment by monica b — Monday, 6 December, 2010 @ 14:41

  30. I feel so strongly about last night’s decision on the XFactor – it was disgraceful – Simon Cowell you should be ashamed of yourself – I used to have great respect for you, I felt your comments in the past were always spot on, you would always say what you felt… but what the hell has happened to you? You are behaving like a stupid infactuated schoolboy alongside Cheryl Cole. You could not even make a decent decision last night – . You know perfectly well that Mary was by far the better singer – I thought this was a singing competition!!?? And why are we the public expected to spend money by phoning up with our vote when it means nothing in the end.. why were the rules suddenly changed last night?
    I am no longer interested in watching the Xfactor it’s just a scam.
    If Louis has any sense he should walk away.

    Comment by Patricia — Monday, 6 December, 2010 @ 23:25

  31. I have continually insisted that people resist the temptation to vote. Save your money. The show appears to have its’ own agenda and ITV are too reliant on these phone in programs, playing on the heart strings of the puplic. Not only are they making money by phone but the continual advertising throughout the show makes my blood boil. Why not just take money from peoples wallets and the give out a sticky badge advertising some product or other. RIP MERCHANTS RULE!!!!

    Comment by meloncowelsi — Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 @ 09:36

  32. How can anyone compare Cher with the attitude to lovely Mary!! there is just no comparison, Mary can sing Cher can’t simple as that, Cher cried her way through Boot Camp, she should have never got through on the performance she gave. It seems like Simon does what ever he’s told to do by Cheryl and Danni who I thought had a mind of her own has gone along with them. It should have been decided by the public vote, but no, they knew that Mary would have got through that way, once again FIX FACTOR!!!!!

    Comment by Lyndsey — Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 @ 09:58

  33. What’s the fuss with Mary? She’s damn BORING!! REALLY BORING!!

    Comment by Sara — Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 @ 13:20

  34. Rebecca to win!!!!!

    …….but we all know,even from the first show this series, that One Direction will triumph

    Comment by lilo lil — Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 @ 16:36

  35. we’ve seen the suspect practices in other countries and in other events and we still remain ignorant to what appears to be manipulative occurances in this country. This program only shows to highlight the abuse of trust that the British public has to endure in order to keep money mad people in plastic surgery. Have the public ever had a free vote whilst this program has been on? NO! And if we ask a further question: Have the public ever really chosen the winner of Xfactor? You may never Know, but in my opinion, I think not!!!!! DON’T VOTE !! DON’T WATCH !!

    Comment by meloncowelsi — Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 @ 16:40

  36. I think Cher is brilliant and has the potential to be fab everyone else will soon be forgotten about…. If one of the boys from the band had got all the bad press like Cher has then it would b one direction you would all be bitching about, I think it’s totally unfair how people can b so cruel to a 17 YEAR OLD GIRL the judges shouldn’t be ashamed of theirselves you all should!! I think it’s disgusting. Cher will not win the xfactor but will be the biggest and richest after! Rebecca is the most deserved winner! I think you should all take a step back and give Cher (THE YOUNG GIRL!!!) a break, noone knows her apart from what they c on the tv don’t b so bitter and grow up!

    Comment by Mb — Wednesday, 8 December, 2010 @ 00:21

  37. I have asked my Dad to send this email as I am only 6 years old and do not know how to use his computer yet. I want to say how upset I am that Mary was voted out by the judges. It should have been the public who had the final say. My Dad has suggested that you announce who had the lowest votes and if Cher was higher than Mary, then fair enough. Anyway I am sure it won’t be Cher that wins in the final.
    Thank you


    Comment by Freddy — Wednesday, 8 December, 2010 @ 16:37

  38. Cher is the best a d obviously judges can see it. Mary has no talent just strong and loud voice but no colour or pleasant sound. She and public should accept decision of professionals and stop hasselling poor Cher with hate. She is very brave to keep going. I hope she will win !!!!!! She is only original talented act left.

    Comment by Dana — Thursday, 9 December, 2010 @ 12:08

  39. Yes “Dana” I like this!

    Comment by Mb — Thursday, 9 December, 2010 @ 18:31

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