X Factor turns Buxton singer Lucy Spraggan into an overnight star

HIT: Buxton's Lucy Spraggan. Photo Ken McKay/Thames TV.
HIT: Buxton's Lucy Spraggan. Photo Ken McKay/Thames TV.

A WHIRLWIND of TV appearances and interviews with Radio One, national newspapers and magazines has followed Lucy Spraggan’s sensational audition on ITV’s X Factor.

The singer-songwriter, from Buxton, also saw her audition song, Last Night, as well as her album, become overnight hits.

After the show aired on Saturday, they rocketed up the download charts, before being pulled at the request of programme makers.

Lucy, 20, told the Advertiser: “It has just been crazy. People stop me in the street and everywhere people have been recognising me.

“My Twitter account has gone up to 50,000 followers. The views of the audition have gone up to two million and the Facebook likes are more than 26,000.

“It is just very surreal. I just wasn’t expecting it at all.”

Lucy watched her audition, when she wowed the judges and the 4,000 strong audience, with friends.

“Everyone was jumping up and down. It was really weird,” she said.

A regular performer at events across the High Peak, Lucy explained that she only applied to take part after changes to this year’s X Factor which allow musicians to play their own guitar and sing their own compositions.

“At the audition I was really nervous and scared but the reaction was just brilliant,” she said.

Judge Louis Walsh said her song could be a number one record and that very few people got a reaction like the one she received.

His fellow judges were unanimous in their praise for her witty self-deprecating, self-penned song and put her through to the next round – Boot Camp.

Dominque Bailey, landlady of The Railway in Whaley Bridge where Lucy performed last night (Wednesday), said: “Its great to see Lucy doing so well.

“Eighteen months ago she would have got a dozen people on a Saturday afternoon watching her, whereas now, since Saturday, there have been people from all over ringing us up to find out when she is playing and asking what times the trains are!”