X-Factor: ‘Louis Walsh won’t tell me if the rumours are true’ - Mary Byrne

Louis Walsh pictured with Mary Byrne in 2015.

Louis Walsh pictured with Mary Byrne in 2015.

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As rumours grow that sacked X-Factor judge Louis Walsh will be returning to the show to give its beleaguered ratings a boost, former contestant Mary Byrne has said her mentor is remaining tight-lipped.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ before travelling to Derry next week to appear in hit show ‘Menopause: The Musical’, Mary said she had been speaking to Louis just yesterday but he was remaining “coy” about his plans.

“He’s saying nothing,” she said, laughing. “I asked him about the rumours and all he would tell me was that ‘we’ll just have to wait and see what happens’.”

Mary, from Dublin, who reached the semi-finals of the TV competition in 2010 said she owes “everything” to the talent show.

“I was 50 - and all I wanted was a chance to sing on a different platform. X Factor gave me that - and everything that has happened since has exceeded my expectations.

“I owe so much to Simon Cowell, and to Louis who was my mentor and the two girls Dani and Cheryl.”

The current series of the X-Factor has seen Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw replace Louis Walsh on the judging panel. However rumours are growing that Louis will return for the live shows - and form part of a new five part panel.

For more on our interview with Mary Byrne, see Friday’s Derry Journal.