Sheffield X Factor star could join show’s live tour

Sheffield's The X Factor star Lucy Spraggan.
Sheffield's The X Factor star Lucy Spraggan.
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SHEFFIELD singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan could rejoin her fellow The X Factor contestants on next year’s live tour – despite dropping out of the show.

The 21-year-old, who works as a portrait seller in Sheffield, pulled of the competition last weekend after missing two shows.

Host Dermot O’Leary told viewers Spraggan was still not well enough to perform and had decided to take herself out of the running, but show insiders say a spot on the tour will be held for her if she wants it.

Lucy, from Stannington, writes her own songs and has played guitar for years.

N-Dubz star and The X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, Lucy’s mentor on the show, said it will not be the last people will hear of the 21-year-old.

Tulisa said: “She’s just an amazing person to work with. I’m going to miss her very much.

“We are still in touch, this is not the end of Lucy or the last you are going to see of her – big, big things to come. I just want to send her all my love.”

The current line-up of the tour includes the final seven acts from the hit ITV1 show, James Arthur, Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas, Rylan Clark, Christopher Maloney and groups Union J and District3.

Ella, one of the favourites to win the show, said “I cannot believe that at only age 16 I have not only had the amazing opportunity and experience of appearing on The X Factor,

“I am now fulfilling a dream by taking part in an arena tour.”

The tour kicks off in Manchester in January, before going on to venues all over the UK and Ireland including Sheffield on Tuesday, February 12.

Tickets for the show, at the Motorpoint Arena, Attercliffe, are now on sale, priced £32.50, from 0114 256 5656.