Lucy Spraggan

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Lucy Spraggan
Lucy Spraggan (born 1991) is a musician, who describes her music as 'A-Flop', a mixture of acoustic, folk and hip-hop.[1]

She auditioned for The X Factor in 2012, performing her own composition, "Last Night".[2] On 3 November 2012, it was announced she would be quitting her run on 'The X Factor' due to illness, so she subsequently finished in ninth place, and second in her category. She was the first contestant in the show's history to score a Top 40 single and album before the live shows even aired, with her independently released album Top Room At The Zoo.

Spraggan is openly lesbian.[3] Her mother, Anstey Spraggan, is a freelance journalist and has written about their family life as a stepfamily.[4]

Before music, Spraggan trained to be a firefighter, and has had a variety of jobs - a plumber's apprentice, a cave tour guide, and a magician.[5] She also worked in demolition and broke her leg when a cherry picker she was working on fell to the floor.[6]

She was listed number 86 in the Pink List 2012. The citation said:

"The 21-year-old X-Factor finalist has broken the talent-show-puppet mould by singing her own self-composed songs throughout this year's series. Discussing coming out to her family, she recently said: 'Saying I was gay was like saying, I'm going to the shop,' There was no shock."[7]

External links


  1. "Manchester Pride Meets: Lucy Spraggan", Manchester Pride 1 November 2011
  2. "X-clusive! Lucy Spraggan - the first interview!" Maximum Pop 27 August 2012
  3. Anstey Spraggan "Proud to have a Gay daughter" The Guardian 9 April 2011
  4. Anstey Spraggan "How to survive a stepfamily" The Guardian 22 May 2010
  5. "X Factor hopeful Lucy Spraggan too ‘niche’ for Tulisa at Judges Houses?" X-Factor UK
  6. "The X Factor's Lucy Spraggan opens up about near-death experience" The Metro