Mary Byrne has been voted through to the next round of "X Factor" after an emotional and trying week.

The supermarket check-out worker was in tears on Thursday night as she struggled to learn her newly chosen song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". She resorted to a song she had previously performed saying that she felt the Marvin Gaye original did not suit her voice.

Her mentor on the show, music mogul, Louis Walsh convinced that other judges to allow her to sing "I (Who Have Nothing)", a Shirley Bassey, that had originally earned her a place in the finals.

Although she is safe for this week the panel warned her that she would have to sing something more contemporary to be in with a change of surviving on the show.

Simon Cowell said “You can’t come out every week and do pretty much the same song...This is the style of singing I’ve always done and it’s the style of singing I want to do.”

X Factor’s other Irish contestants were also voted into the next round. Tallaght’s Rebecca Creighton and her all-girl group Belle Amie and boyband 1 Direction, featuring 17-year-old Niall Horan from Mullingar, also avoided elimination.

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