SHEFFIELD singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan is being tipped for major success – despite pulling out of TV talent show The X Factor.
The 21-year-old, who works as a portrait seller in the city, pulled out on Saturday morning as she faced up to missing a second successive live show due to illness.
Lucy, from Stannington, said: “I am gutted not to be able to continue, but I’m not well enough to perform.
“To accept another free pass, having missed last weekend, would not be fair on the others in the competition.
“But there is no way that this setback will prevent me from fulfilling my ambition. You’ll be hearing from me again very soon.”
And X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, Lucy’s mentor on the show, said: “She was an amazing person to work with. I’m going to miss her very much.
“This is not the end for Lucy or the last thing you’re going to see of her – big, big things to come.”
“I’m so sorry to lose Lucy from the competition, I have had a brilliant time working with her and I hope I can continue to mentor her in the future.
“I now count her as a friend as she is amazing.”
In a statement, X Factor bosses said: “We are all sorry to see her go and wish her all the best for the future. She has been a fantastic contestant.”
n Former England and Yorkshire cricket captain Michael Vaughan survived for another week in rival talent show Strictly Come Dancing.
The former Silverdale School pupil, from Baslow, impressed with his foxtrot with partner Natalie Lowe.