SHEFFIELD singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan is one step closer to her music dream - after reaching the next stage in TV talent show The X Factor.
The 20-year-old has reached the final six girls from the thousands who auditioned for the programme.
The six will now fly to St Lucia for final auditions in front of show judge Tulisa Contostavlos in a bid to be one of the three put forward the live shows.
The N-Dubz star, assisted by rapper Tinie Tempah, will choose the three girls who will then compete in weekly live shows against artists from each of the show’s other three categories - boys, groups and overs - each mentored by one of the other judges, Take That star Gary Barlow, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and entertainment manager Louis Walsh.
Lucy said: “Boot camp was scary, but good, lots of fun.
“I didn’t see the other contestants as competition, I just saw it that I had to do what I had to do to get through, I didn’t worry about what the others were doing - I just had to do my best.
“I don’t get to see the recorded shows in advance, so I watched at home too just like all the other viewers do.
“I was really pleased to get Tulisa as a mentor for Judge’s House - it’s really exciting. She is really down to earth and I used to love N-Dubz when I was younger.”
Lucy, who has now finished her job selling baby portraits to parents she stopped on the streets, said she is amazed at the level of support shown in Sheffield.
She said: “For a long time in my life, I tried to be whatever everyone else wanted - and as soon as I stopped doing that, things started happening for me.
“I am the one getting stopped on the streets all the time now.
“But I love it - I love the support I am getting from Sheffield and on Twitter and Facebook and I still can’t believe I have got this far.”
Lucy, who grew up in Buxton, Derbyshire, has been song-writing and playing guitar for years. The song she performed at her audition was about what happens to her on a night out.
See if Lucy reaches the live shows in The X Factor on ITV1 on Saturday, at 8pm.