X Factor vocal coach Savan Kotecha says singer Mary Byrne didn't feel like she fitted in

Mary Byrne came close to leaving The X Factor, according to the show’s vocal coach.

Savan Kotecha claims the Tesco worker, 50, felt out of place at the contestants’ London house. 

‘It was very difficult for her in the beginning,’ he explains.

‘As a middle-aged woman, she didn’t feel like she fitted in with all these young kids who were bouncing off the walls. She kept saying: “I don’t feel like I belong here.”‘ 

But Mary – who is being mentored by Louis Walsh, 58 – is now determined to succeed on The X Factor after having a pep talk with Savan, 31.

‘I sat her down and we talked,’ he tells the News Of The World.

‘She’s a very valuable commodity in the music industry. People her age are the only ones back buying albums.’

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Alanna Freeman