SHEFFIELD has got the X Factor according to the show’s singing sensation Lucy Spraggan - who returns to perform on the top TV talent show final tonight, writes Graham Walker.
In an exclusive video chat she says she is refusing to leave Sheffield despite calls to go south.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our video report, including Lucy’s performance highlights and fan reactions at Sheffield’s Embrace Nightclub.
Quirky singer-songwriter Lucy won the X Factor judges’ votes and the hearts of the nation with her self-penned mixture of acoustic, folk and hip-hop songs, including favourite Last Night (Beer Fear).
But despite her new found fame, which is bringing in work all over the country, she says she is always drawn back to the city she is now proud to call home.
Lucy, aged 21, formerly living in Buxton, worked as a portrait seller in Sheffield before appearing on the show.
She will perform on the X Factor final tonight - Saturday, December 8, 2012 - but she confirmed she won’t be going on the tour.
Instead, she is planning her own series of concerts in February or March, with a new album also in the making.
Hundreds of screaming fans, some in tears after meeting their idol, saw her only Sheffield performance ahead of next year’s tour when she entertained with a short set at Embrace.
She told The Star: “I’ve been back a while now, living in Sheffield, but to everybody’s dismay down south, who are saying I need to move down there. I’ve just refused.
“Coming back for the Meadowhall Christmas lights switch on was an amazing experience. Honestly, the reaction was overwhelming. I was just so buzzing afterwards.”
Lucy said: “It’s been an absolutely crazy year. I’m going to remember it as hopefully the start of everything. I want to use this opportunity as a springboard.
“Next year we will hopefully have a new release and a tour. Fingers crossed I’ll be touring February or March. I will definitely be performing in Sheffield. Hopefully, most of my shows will be here.
“On the X Factor you can’t see everyone’s face. At a live gig you can see how many people are in there and what their reaction is. I’ve really missed that.”
Of leaving the show she said: “I was completely gutted to leave, but you can’t just sit and dwell over it. I feel really positive for the future.
“I just want to say thank you very much to everybody in Sheffield for supporting me throughout this experience and I can’t wait to see you all in the New Year.”