For those of you who are X Factor fans, like me, you will know that Mary is a real inspiration to any of us who have ever had a dream but thought that our time to make that dream happen had passed. I have just got my dream job, aged almost 40, working for QVC and Mary has got her dream at the age of 51, becoming a recording artist!
Mary won my heart and everyone elses because she was so unassuming and down to earth. She walked into the X Factor auditions in Dublin last year, took fate by the horns, and decided that this was her moment, opened her mouth, sang her heart out and blew the judges, and me, away. You couldn't help but love her and her gritty determination.
From that moment I became an avid supporter of her every week on X Factor and am keen to continue supporting such an inspirational woman.
A lot has been made of the fact that she worked on a check-out at Tesco for years and now she has become a singing sensation. Mary has shown that it doesn't matter what you do to make a living, we all do what we have to do to get by, our jobs don't define us. We all have our dreams, and she has inspired many of us to believe that you just need to take a chance, have a little bit of courage and you never know, maybe your dreams can come true.
Mary is going to be releasing her first album, 'Mine & Yours' in the UK on 28th March, but you will be able to pre-order her album on Monday on QVC to be sure you receive it on the day of release.
She'll be dropping in for a cup of tea, a chat and to give us a preview of some of the tracks. I can't wait to hear her singing live and look forward to finding out all about her journey from X Factor to recording artist, the inspirations for her album and what it feels like to finally have your dream come true.
I hope you'll join us.