Insiders claim that no matter where Mary Byrne finishes on this year’s X Factor, Simon Cowell will sign her to his record label when the series ends.
The Dublin mum of one worked as a checkout operator in Tesco before trying out for the ITV show but her fortunes could be about to change, as sources claim Simon is planning to make her the new Susan Boyle.
A source close to Mary told The Belfast Telegraph:
“The album deal has already been done, no matter what happens. She doesn’t need to worry about money ever again thanks to her incredible performances on the show.
“Mary can’t believe her luck. She went in to the audition hoping to make it on to the show – but she never believed in her wildest dreams she’d be such a big hit.
“Simon is determined to sign her to his record label and has already pencilled her into his release schedule for next year. She’ll be guaranteed at least a million in the next 12 months — and there’s also talk of a tour, promotions and a number of endorsement deals.
“Tesco are also extremely keen to sign her up and pay her €100,000 for a TV ad campaign as soon as she is finished on the show.
“This is all new territory for Mary and she already has a personal advisor, appointed by the X Factor, to start negotiating deals on her behalf.”
Mary received rave reviews from The X Factor judges after her performance of ‘Could It Be Magic’ on Saturday’s live show. After her rendition Dannii Minogue enthused:
Mary that was incredible. You are a class act and you are turning into the diva that we love.
Simon Cowell added:
Liked you last week, loved you this week. Mary that’s why we sit on this panel to help Louis when he’s in trouble. He got it really wrong last week, fun this week, great choice of song and I’ve got to tell you Mary….you’re a horny little devil.