THE X Factor hopeful Lucy Spraggan has hailed her hometown of Sheffield as she gears up for the TV talent show’s first live programme.
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter, from Stannington, is in the final 12 of the contest, hoping to win the show and star prize of a recording contract.
“The support has been fanastic,” she told The Star in an exclusive chat ahead of tomorrow’s show.
“To be able to represent where I am living is really cool.
“I love Sheffield, how it is, the music scene, the people.”
And Lucy promised a show to remember tomorrow evening as she takes to the live stage for the first time in a bid to win votes to stay in the competition.
“It’s exciting, there are lots of lights and lots of cameras,” she said. “My song, I am hoping, is really going to ring some bells for people. Hopefully they will enjoy it.”
Lucy is in the final three of the girls category, mentored by singer Tulisa Contostavlos.
They are up against a trio of acts from each of the other categories - boys, mentored by former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, overs led by Take That star Gary Barlow, and groups, led by music manager Louis Walsh - in their bid to be crowned X Factor champion.
Lucy said: “I think this year is different from the others.
“Lots of the contestants write their own songs, play instruments and have worked really hard for a long time to get to where they are now.
“I would love for the public to see how hard I’ve worked, share my experiences with them, entertain them and be successful within the music industry.
“If winning this year’s show made that happen for me, I would be over the moon.”
But it has not been all work and no play for Lucy.
As well as rehearsing and talking to The Star, she has appeared on ITV shows Daybreak, Lorraine and This Morning, and BBC Radio 1.
“It’s really good, it’s fun,” she said. “It’s what you ask for. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do - it’s not always that you get into a Radio 1 studio.”
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