X Factor live shows beckon for lucky Sheffield lass Lucy

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GO Lucy!

Millions of people switched on their televisions last night to witness Sheffield singing sensation Lucy Spraggan win one of the 12 finalist spots up for grabs on the X Factor.

To secure her place the 20-year-old singer-songwriter flew out to perform at her mentor Tulicia Contostavlos’s home in St Lucia.

And standing in front of a breathtaking Caribbean coastline, she wowed Tulicia and fellow musician Tinie Tempah with her acoustic version of Whitney Houston’s I will always Love You.

The N-Dubz star, and the rapper chose three girls to compete in the weekly live shows against artists from each of the show’s other three categories - boys, groups and overs.

Those groups are each mentored by one of the other judges, Take That star Gary Barlow, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and entertainment manager Louis Walsh.

The other girls making up the trio were Jade Ellis, 25 and Ella Henderson, 16.

And naturally Lucy is delighted to have done so well to get this far.

She said: “Every step of this process has been so overwhelming for me.

“From seeing the crowd reaction to my own song through to Tulisa giving me the yes at Judges’ Houses.

“And now I just can’t wait to show people what I can do on a live platform.”

Lucy caused a storm in her first audition where her performance of her own song, Last Night, received a standing ovation and has been watched on YouTube more than 11 million times.

It’s quite a step for the girl from Stannington, who has been gigging for the last few years as well as holding down different jobs including being a tour guide and a silver service waitress.

Since she first appeared on X Factor she has received widespread support from the public which has seen the number of followers she has on Twitter continue to rise – passing the 100,000 mark this week.

The number of Facebook likes she has received is also continuing to increase and now stands at over 56,000.

Lucy, who is originally from Buxton, only applied to take part in the talent contest after changes were made to this year’s X Factor to allow musicians to play their own instruments and sing their own compositions.

The finalists were announced during last night’s live results show.