Rick Savage backs Sheffield X Factor star Lucy!

X FACTOR: finalist Lucy Spraggan. Photographer: Nicky Johnston. Copyright: THAMES TV/SYCO
X FACTOR: finalist Lucy Spraggan. Photographer: Nicky Johnston. Copyright: THAMES TV/SYCO

A SHEFFIELD rock legend has tipped The X Factor star Lucy Spraggan for a successful music career – but does not expect her to win the show.

Def Leppard’s Rick Savage is a huge fan of the ITV talent programme and has been impressed with the Stannington singer-songwriter in the early stages.

The 21-year-old wowed the judges on the opening night of the live shows on Saturday, and made it through to the next round with another self-penned song.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Rick said: “She’s got her own unique style which is really important.

“I think it brings a whole new dimension to the show to have people writing their own material and then performing it in front of millions of people.

“She’s got a great voice and seems to have struck a chord with a more alternative audience.

“I’m certain she’ll go far in the competition and have a great career, but I don’t think she’ll win it.

“That might not be a bad thing - it’s not always the winner who goes on to be the most successful.

“And I don’t think she should change her style – it’s what has got her this far.”

The bass player and founding member of one of Sheffield’s most successful music acts ever has recently returned home to Ireland following a four-month tour of America.

He sold his house in Dore just before setting off for the US – which also meant giving up his share of a hospitality box at Hillsborough.

Rick, aged 51, said: “I’ll miss the football living back in Ireland but I’m happy to support the team from afar if they are doing well – which can’t really be said at the moment!”