Lucy Spraggan, widely seen as a contender to win Britain’s X Factor, was forced to leave the show due to an unforeseen illness. She told the media she was “gutted” at the need to leave the show but it was the right decision. The singer was excused from last week’s show and given a free pass to get to this week’s competition. Spraggan said that it would not be fair for her to take another free pass this week in light of the singer still not feeling up to the task of performing, according to the Huffington Post.
Spraggan released a statement to the organizers of the show saying:
“I am gutted not to be able to continue on this journey but I’m not well enough to perform. To accept another free pass having missed last weekend would not be fair on the others in the competition. I wish them all well. I would like to express my thanks to everyone who has supported me. There is no way that this setback will prevent me from fulfilling my ambition. You’ll be hearing from me again very soon.”
X Factor released a statement of their own which read:
“Lucy isn’t well enough to perform this weekend so she has decided to withdraw from the competition. We are all sorry to see her go and wish her all the best for the future. She has been a fantastic contestant.”
Tulisa Contostavlos, Spraggan’s mentor and confidant, said:
“I’m so sorry to lose Lucy from the competition, I have had a brilliant time working with her and I hope I can continue to mentor her in the future. I now count her as a friend as she is an amazing girl.”
Spraggan is an artist who not only performs but writes her own music and lyrics. She is originally from Buxton, Derbyshire. In her original audition, the singer sang a song she had written herself and made the following statement to the judges:
“For a long time in my life, I tried to be whatever everyone else wanted – and as soon as I stopped doing that, things started happening for me.”
Spraggan will not be replaced in the competition.