Mary Byrne Booted Off X Factor
The 51-year old narrowly missed out on a place in next week's final...
The former Tesco worker and Cher found themselves in the bottom two after failing to impress the public with their performances on Saturday evening's show.
However, the vote did not go Mary's way as Dannii Minogue chose to save Cher, claiming her performance "tugged at her heart-strings" as Lloyd's mentor, Cheryl Cole, stood by her act and decided to boot Byrne off the show.
TheGirls Aloud star explained: "This is really difficult because Mary you have always touched me with your vocal and you know that. You are two completely different acts that we would not compare in the real world."
She added: “But Cher is my girl and I backed her from the start and I will until the end.”
Simon Cowellagreed with Dannii and Chezza, giving Cher her place in the final as he told Mary: "This is quite straightforward. Mary I have supported you from the beginning and tonight proved what a good singer you are."
He continued: "Cher, I actually liked that song you just sang. It was like hearing you for the first time. The act I'm sending through to the final is Cher."
Cher will now join finalists One Direction as they will battle it out in next weekend's final to decide the winner of this year's series.