X Factor’s Mary Byrne has already won singing show

X Factor contestant Mary Byrne has already won a TV singing competition in the past, it has been revealed.

The Irish singer wowed the audience and the judges with her powerful performance of the Tom Jones Hit I (Who Have Nothing) on Saturday’s audition show.

The singer told the judges in Dublin – Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and guest judge Katy Perry – that she had lost confidence in her singing ability during the last few years, and only recently got the nerve to perform back again.

But it seems that Mary certainly had the X Factor back in 2005, when she won the Irish TV singing contest Nollaig No.1.

The producer of the show told The Mirror: "She was very nervous when she appeared on our show. She really lacked confidence in her ability.

"If nothing else, winning the contest gave her belief in herself. She's had a tough life and I hope she goes far. I think she will do really well if she goes to the live shows."

Supermarket cashier Mary made it through to the Boot Camp stage of The X Factor, after receiving high praise from the judges. Cowell told the 50-year-old that she had “the best voice out of everyone who has auditioned today”.

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