Her name is Lucy Spraggan. She sings and plays guitar and writes
funny, personal songs. She has 67, 368 Facebook friends and 173,289
Twitter followers. Check again in a month's time and those numbers
may well have doubled.
Ever since that first audition back in August, openly gay X Factor
contestant Lucy Spraggan has had us more hooked on the talent show
than Sue Perkins got us crazy for cake. Weekend after weekend she
has entertained us with her witty songs and here at DIVA we're
happy to support the girl who we featured in our Four to Adore
section just under a year ago.
I ring her up on a Friday morning in September, a week before the
X Factor live shows are about to begin, and with a well-deserved
weekend off in front of her, the otherwise extremely busy Lucy
Her life today is somewhat different to when we first met
face-to-face, five months ago. Selling baby photos in the streets
of Sheffield, she was spending her paycheck on petrol as she toured
the country on her own.
Going on The X Factor hadn't even crossed her mind until a friend
suggested she bring a guitar and play her own songs at the
auditions earlier this year.
"I thought, there's an opportunity there that I can't miss. But I
didn't think that I'd end up being here now," she says.
Is The X Factor as big a circus as we imagine?
"The X Factor is solid hard work. When you watch it, you see
people breaking down… it almost makes you want to punch the TV, but
when you're actually going through that experience and the
emotional drainage that is happening… you don't know what you're
Guiding her through it is mentor Tulisa Contostavlos and Lucy
wouldn't have preferred anyone else to do it, not even Cheryl
Read the rest of our interview with Lucy in the November
issue, on sale from October 25, 2012.
Buy the issue at DIVAdirect.co.uk