SHEFFIELD X Factor sensation Lucy Spraggan only turned to music after a broken leg put paid to her dreams of becoming a firefighter, The Star can reveal today.
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter, who has sparked an internet storm following her appearance on the TV talent show last Saturday, was speaking ahead of her gig at the Leadmill tomorrow night.
Lucy, who is originally from Buxton, moved to Sheffield six months ago and lives in Stannington with her housemate Ben.
She said: “Music was a hobby, really. I went to college in 2010 because I wanted to become a firefighter but when I was working on a demolition site, I broke my leg after I collapsed and fell 40ft and got covered in 1.4 tonnes of slate.
“I was told I couldn’t be a firefighter any more so I thought I would play it safe and get a more normal job.”
This week has been far from normal for the singer, who wowed X Factor judges Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos with her self-penned song Last Night (Beer Fear).
Tulisa told her: “You’ve got me completely and utterly sold. That song there is going straight on my iPod. Clever, rappy, slingy, intelligent, funny - I really love it.”
Louis Walsh said: “That song could be a number one record. Very few people get the reaction you get. I’ve been doing this nine years, we’ve never had anybody like that.
While Gary Barlow told Lucy she was a ‘fantastic songwriter’.
And Mel B said: “I absolutely loved it. You don’t know how great you are. That’s what’s endearing as well. You’ve got a little bit of vulnerability about you, you’re brilliant.”
Until a few months ago, when she attended the X Factor auditions in Manchester, Lucy was working for a photographic studio in Sheffield city centre.
Lucy told The Star: “The reaction has been amazing, I just literally can’t believe it. I’ve got 50,000 followers on Twitter, 2.8million people have seen my audition on YouTube and my Facebook page has got 26,000 likes.”
Tickets for the gig, which is open to those aged 14 and over, are £5. Doors open at 7.30pm.