SHEFFIELD singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan paid tribute to her fans in her first public appearance since quitting The X Factor – and promised to be back on stage soon.
The 21-year-old has been keeping a low profile since leaving the TV talent show due to illness – but said people would be seeing much more of her in future as she performed at the Meadowhall shopping centre Christmas lights switch-on.
In an exclusive backstage chat with The Star, Lucy revealed she is embarking on a ‘tour of the north’ in the next couple of weeks, with a date in her hometown city definitely part of it.
Lucy, who worked as a portrait seller in the city before appearing on The X Factor, said: “I’m going on tour in two weeks, a little tour of the north.
“It will be places like Liverpool, Newcastle, Blackpool perhaps, and Sheffield, obviously.”
“I love live audiences, I look forward to seeing the people’s faces.”
Details of the venue and date of the Sheffield gig have yet to be confirmed, but sources close to the star said it was likely to be The Leadmill, a venue Lucy ‘loves’ and where she performed shortly before The X Factor live shows began.
And Lucy, from Stannington, is ready to enter the recording studio, admitting she has a headstart on the other X Factor contestants as she already has ‘three albums worth of material’ written.
Lucy had been wowing fans with her own songs on the reality show, which sees one act kicked off each week as performers bid to win a record contract.
However, after missing consecutive shows suffering from exhaustion, she pulled out, saying: “To accept another free pass having missed last weekend would not be fair on the others in the competition.”
Lucy, who said she had been ‘wiped out’, told The Star: “I just want to thank everyone who’s supported me through this time.
“I just want to say a big thank you for all the support, especially from Sheffield.”
After the Meadhowhall performance, she said: “Getting on that stage made me feel the best I have in weeks. Thank you.”