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X Factor axe falls on Mary Byrne

Mary Byrne
Image caption Byrne broke down in tears on Saturday's show as she sang The Way We Were

The finalists in this year's X Factor have been decided after supermarket worker Mary Byrne lost out in a sing-off with student Cher Lloyd.

The pair found themselves in the bottom two after failing to impress viewers on Saturday night's show.

The judges opted to keep in Lloyd, 17, after she sang Britney Spears' song Everytime. Byrne, 50, sang James Brown track It's a Man's Man's Man's World.

Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction will join Lloyd in the final.

Byrne's mentor Louis Walsh voted to keep her in, while Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue chose Lloyd.

"Mary was incredible, she was emotional," Walsh said after the sing-off.

On Saturday's show, Cowell had criticised Byrne for singing Gloria Gaynor's Never Can Say Goodbye as part of the show's club classics theme.

Walsh, meanwhile, said Byrne - the only act in his over-28s category to still be in the competition - had "literally got out of her bed to perform".

Byrne broke down in tears during her second song, Barbra Streisand's The Way We Were, saying it had been her late mother's favourite song.

This year's X Factor series reaches its climax next weekend.

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