Irish singer Mary Byrne moved Cheryl Cole to tears with her X Factor audition piece it has been revealed.
The 50 year old sang Tom Jones’ I Who Have Nothing for Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Katy Perry in Dublin and has been subsequently branded by audience members as the new Susan Boyle.
After Mary sang, a teary Cheryl Cole admitted that she was stunned by the “incredible power and emotion” of her performance.
She added “That was my favourite audition in Dublin.”
Although Mary has been performing in pubs and clubs for more than twenty years, she admitted to the judges that she has always been too nervous to try out for a TV show before.
Simon Cowell told her:
“I think, no, I know, you have an amazing voice.
“I don’t know why you suffer from no confidence.”
He later added: “I absolutely love her, she is genuinely a lovely woman with great talent and I hope the audience loves her too. She deserves this break.”
A neighbour of Mary’s told The Mail On Sunday:
‘She is over the moon. All she has wanted all her life is to realise her dream of being a singer. Entering the show has taken her that one step closer.’
‘She loves the show and always wanted to enter. She just felt that at 50, if she didn’t do it now she never would so off she went. The whole area is behind her. She’s such a great woman, we’ll all be cheering for her.’