Lucy Spraggan: I’m nervous, admits Sheffield’s X Factor live finalist

X Factor: Lucy Spraggan 'nervous' but ready for the live finals.

X Factor: Lucy Spraggan 'nervous' but ready for the live finals.

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SHEFFIELD singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan has admitted to a healthy bout of nerves as she prepares to make her live prime-time TV debut.

The 20-year-old, from Stannington, is one of the 12 finalists in TV talent show the X Factor. She will be taking to the stage in the first live show on Saturday, after earning one of three places in the ‘girls’ category being mentored by singer Tulisa Contostavlos.

Lucy said: “I am nervous about the live shows, more so than any other stage. This is where it becomes a real competition and all of us contestants are such great friends, it’s going to be hard.

“Every process has been overwhelming for me, from seeing the crowd reaction to my own song through to Tulisa giving me the yes at judges’ houses, and now I just can’t wait to show people what I can do on a live platform.”

Lucy battled through an audition in Manchester and boot camp in front of judges Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa to reach the last 24, where six artists in each category – boys, girls, over-28s and groups – went to a different ‘judge’s house’ for a final audition to reach the live stages.

Lucy said: “There have been so many exciting times during this experience, such as meeting amazing people, going abroad and watching myself on TV.

“But one amazing thing for me has been watching the online base grow. My Twitter account has hit 100,000 followers and my audition has just hit 11 million views on YouTube. I feel so lucky.”

* X Factor is on ITV1 on Saturday, from 8pm.