UNTIL Saturday night Lucy Spraggan was a frustrated musician who spent her days selling baby pictures for 99p on the streets of Sheffield.
But her life changed when millions of people watched her step on the X Factor stage - and blow away the all-star panel with a self-penned song.
Lucy, aged 20, received a standing ovation and rave reviews from the four judges on the hit TV show.
Her song, entitled Last Night, has already soared to number 36 on the iTunes charts.
Lucy introduced herself to the audience at the X Factor auditions in Manchester as ‘that person with a clipboard on the street you try to avoid, selling baby photos’.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, she told the judges she was going to sing a song about ‘beer fear’ - worries the morning after a night’s drinking.
And she was given a unanimous ‘Yes’ from the judges, sailing through to bootcamp as the crowd chanted ‘we want more’.
Judge and Take That star Gary Barlow said: “Wow - there’s something new. What a fantastic songwriter you are.”
Tulisa Contostavlos, of RnB group N-Dubz, told Lucy: “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.”
Even South Yorkshire boyband superstar Louis Tomlinson, whose group One Direction shot to fame after success on the X Factor two years ago, took to Twitter to show his appreciation.
“Well done babe!” he tweeted to Lucy. “I’m a local lad from Doncaster!”
Shortly after the audition was screened on Saturday night, Lucy posted on the internet a screen grab of the iTunes chart, adding: “36 in the iTunes chart? This is insane.”
And Sheffield’s Jon McClure, frontman of Reverend and the Makers, tweeted: “Respect for doing your own tune.”