WINNERS of The X Factor Little Mix have offered words of consolation to Sheffield sensation Lucy Spraggan – whose hit song has been ordered off iTunes by TV bosses as it battled with theirs for the top spot.
Band member Leigh-Anne Pinnock said the all-girl quartet are huge fans of the 20-year-old singer-songwriter and believe she will have many hits to come.
The girl band – who topped the charts in December with debut single Cannonball after winning The X Factor last year – are number one in the iTunes chart with their first original single, Wings.
Giving them a run for their money was Lucy’s self-penned Last Night, which rocketed to number two after she performed it as her X Factor audition on Saturday.
But she was told to take it off the download site and all X Factor contestants face a similar ban with show bosses saying it is so all wannabes receive the same exposure.
Leigh-Anne, aged 19, said: “If you’re involved in the competition you can’t have anything out, that’s just the rules, but she’s going to have many records when she leaves The X Factor anyway, so she’s got nothing to worry about.
“She’s incredible. We watched her audition and she’s so clever.
“My advice would be to just stay humble and grounded. Don’t change and keep doing what she’s doing, because her act is so original and I think she’ll definitely do very well.
“She’s got a good chance. I think she’s brilliant. She should continue writing her own songs and bringing that originality to the competition, I think she’ll be fine.”
Leigh-Anne said Little Mix had enjoyed an ‘amazing’ time since winning The X Factor in December.
She said: “We’re having the best time. And to know Wings could be number one is just amazing. If it is, all this hard work will have paid off.
“We wrote Wings in February. We didn’t know what people would make of it, but everyone has been positive.”
n Lucy was due to play The Leadmill, Sheffield, last night. For a review, see The Star tomorrow.