SHEFFIELD singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan sailed through the first week of The X Factor with an uplifting track she penned herself.
Lucy, aged 21, sang her song, Mountains, and played an acoustic guitar for a show themed around the Olympics and personal triumph - and won praise from all four judges.
It was the first time a competitor had sung one of their own songs in live X Factor studio shows.
“I wanted to put my message across,” said Lucy. “Other people have done it through covers and I wanted to do it through my own words.”
Urging Lucy, from Stannington, to continue showcasing her own material, Take That star Gary Barlow told her: “You truly are a unique artist - a great singer, a great musician, and most importantly a great songwriter.”
Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger praised Lucy’s lyrics saying: “You are such a brilliant storyteller. You’re brilliant in your own honest and witty way.”
Louis Walsh compared Lucy to Victoria Wood and Kate Nash and told her: “All the hundreds of small gigs you’ve ever done in the pubs - it’s paid off. You’ve got great confidence, you’ve got great musicality.”
And Lucy’s mentor, former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos said: “You are one of the most unique artists this competition has ever seen. You wrote that song and it stood up against all the covers. You’re best when you’re doing you, and I won’t have it any other way.”
Before performing, former trainee firefighter Lucy said: “What I do isn’t the type of thing that’s usually on the X Factor and that worries me a bit. But the response I’ve had has been overwhelming.
“I’ve been playing the guitar since I was 10 - it’s like another limb.
“When I sing without it I don’t know what to do with my arms.”
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