Fans of The X Factor will of course know that talented singer songwriter Lucy Spraggan announced yesterday that she’s decided to leave the contest after her ongoing ill health meant she wasn’t up to performing live again this weekend.
However, it’s been reported today that the show’s bosses have invited Lucy to join the rest of this year’s finalists on the show’s finale night in December, but as she’s already appeared on the live shows, she WON’T be permitted to audition for the show again next year.
A show insider told the Daily Star, “Once someone has made the live shows they can’t audition again.
“Unfortunately, this means Lucy won’t have the chance to return.”
However, the show’s bosses and Simon Cowell’s company SyCo have vowed to “continue to offer care” to Lucy now she’s left the show.
A spokesman added, “We are all ¬sorry to see her go and wish her all the best for the future.
“She has been a fantastic ¬contestant.”
Indeed she has, and when Lucy announced that she was quitting, fans took to Twitter in their thousands to express their sadness at her decision and to wish her well.
In a statement, Lucy wrote, “I am gutted not to be able to continue on this journey but I am not well enough to perform.”
She added, “There is no way this will prevent me from fulfilling my ambition.
“You’ll be hearing from me again very soon.”
The Sun meanwhile reports that Lucy’s girlfriend Harriet Lichfield has flown back from Thailand – where she has been teaching – to comfort Lucy.
Lucy’s X Factor mentor Tulisa has also vowed to do whatever she can to help the Beer Fear singer, saying yesterday, “She was amazing person to work with. I’m going to miss her very much.
“This is not the end of Lucy or the last you’re gonna see of her. Big big things to come and I want to send her all my love.”
And thankfully, the end of her journey on X Factor certainly doesn’t mean the end of her music career, and TV Biz reports that Lucy has been “inundated” with offers from record labels eager to sign her up.
The paper adds, “Lucy is still on track to make a fortune. Like all the finalists, she is being looked after by an agent from Quest Management, who also oversee Sir Paul McCartney.
“Sources said Lucy has had offers from ‘major labels’ already. She has made £50,000 from her music on iTunes before X Factor bosses banned contestants from selling their songs.”
All of us here at Unreality wish Lucy a speedy recovery and we will of course continue to support her work – she’s been one of our favourites since this year’s series began – and can’t wait to hear more from her.
Would you like to send a message to Lucy? You can do so in the comment box below, but for now, here’s a look at her first audition…
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