‘Live It Up’ is released on 9 September.
We all saw guitar-wielding Lucy Spraggan spring through the auditions on Saturday’s X Factor, wowing the judges and the Manchester crowd with her quirky “beer fear” ditty ‘Last Night’, but ONLY Maximum Pop! grabbed a chat with the very lady herself!
Thank you! All I could see was that huge audience, the lights were very bright too, I just knew I needed to get rid of the nerves and start playing. I was so nervous and shaking quite a lot, but as soon as the audience started cheering and clapping along it felt amazing.
How did it feel when you got four YES votes to go through to Boot Camp?
You’d think it’d be a massive feeling of relief, but it’s quite the opposite. As of then it’s all real, and you realise how much you really want to make it. But initially, you are just happy and thankful that it went well!
Who is your favourite judge?
I couldn’t pick just one… I was a massive N-Dubz fan as a teenager, so it’s great to see Tulisa sitting there in the panel. But, at the same time, Gary Barlow is one of the most credible and respected song writers in the world. They’re all my favourite though, we’ll just say that!
What makes you different from the average X Factor contestant?
This time round I don’t think there is an average X Factor contestant; everyone that I have seen is so different. I’m just doing what I do and hoping people like it.
You’ve been writing your own material and gigging for years. Why did you decide to enter The X Factor?
I’ve always been the type to take every opportunity as soon as it comes around. I was told you could play an instrument AND use your original material this year, so there was no doubt in my mind as whether or not to do it. Considering the sheer amount exposure this show has to offer, it would be stupid not to. I have no regrets!
As a writer, did you have any worries about whether you’ll have enough creative control within the X Factor format?
This year, The X Factor is said to have been shaken up and stood on its head; it’s going to be different from the other years. Whether or not they are going to loosen the creative reigns is something we’ll see as the show progresses but I’m just going to go with the flow.
How will you make sure that you’re a Leona Lewis success and not a Matt Cardle-style flop?
I’m going to keep gigging like I have been for years. With music, you get out what you put in, and I’ve always given it my all. I’m not going to stop now!
Who were your favourite contestants from last year?
I liked Misha B and Janet Devlin most, and there’s always room for 2 Shoes in my life.
You could conceivably be Christmas Number One in four months’ time! What is your all-time favourite Christmas Number One single?
In 2004 I was a big fan of Band Aid 20 – my favourite bit was Dizzee Rascal’s rap!
Which song would you pull out of the bag in the final week to win the competition?
If I got to the final, I would be over the moon. I haven’t had a chance to even consider what I’m doing at Boot Camp yet!
Please summarise Lucy Spraggan in three words.
I hate describing myself! Short, 21, GSOH… just kidding! Probably happy, anxious and ready.
Finally, do you have a message for Maximum Pop! readers?
Thank you for all the support out there, keep your fingers crossed for me!
Thank you, Lucy!
Lucy Spraggan is on Twitter.
The X Factor is on ITV1 from now until eternity.
We can’t stop singing along to ‘Last Night’!
Tulisa delays solo album, Kelly Rowland gets dirty, Madonna previews video, Nicola Roberts cries and Labrinth is back!
It’s safe to say Tulisa has learned to never mix business with pleasure as it looks like her upcoming debut solo album has been delayed after she split with childhood sweetheart Fazer. Apparently he was “masterminding” the entire thing but decided to take a step back after the two broke up. Awkward.
The next hugely anticipated single to be released from Kelly Rowland’s new album (which charted at the dizzy heights of Number 43) will be the “classy, dirty” (not our words) ‘Lay It On Me’. As Alexandra Burke would say – there’s an elephant in the room. No, literally.
Queen Mother of Pop (that’s Madonna to you) is on the verge of a comeback and will premiere her brand new music video during American Idol this Thursday. Click here to see a clip featuring Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., cheerleaders and the sound of Lady Gaga crying into her pillow.
We don’t know about you but we spend a lot of time here at MP! HQ trying to decide which member of US boy band Big Time Rush is our favourite. If you already know yours, you can now pre-order their new album Elevate with one of the four special individual covers. We think we’ll end up going for Carlos.
We doubt this news will phase Nadine Coyle very much, but it turns out Nicola Roberts was not impressed one bit when Girls Aloud decided to go on their lengthy hiatus. “I felt like I couldn’t see music in my life for a long time.” We reckon this song accurately describes Nadine’s reaction.
Labrinth is back with his third single, ‘Last Time’. It’s a bit more Will.i.am than his previous efforts and we’re not really loving it. Watch the lyrics video here and make your own mind up – but don’t come crying back to us when you realise it’s no ‘Earthquake’…
Welcome to our popstar heart clinic – where celebrity love gets a full check-up. Who’s got a heart vacancy, who’s taking things to the next level and who’s beyond medical help? In today’s waiting room…
Tulisa and Fazer. Despite enjoying some hanky-panky on holiday just two weeks ago it’s been reported that the N-Dubz pair are “taking a break” from their relationship. Tulisa spent the weekend doing what every newly single girl would do – she slapped on the tan, dug out the heels and rounded up her mates for a night down Oceana.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Last week we thought this relationship couldn’t sink any lower but we were sadly wrong. Katy has made the ultimate statement and unfollowed Russell on Twitter. It’s almost as bad as seeing that tiny broken heart when you end a Facebook relationship. Hold us.
Taylor Swift and Zac Efron. Serial loser-in-love Taylor has been spotted getting flirty with Justin Bieber prototype, Zac. The pair, who co-star in upcoming animated movie The Lorax, enjoyed a “giggly” dinner together last week followed by some touchy-feely red carpet appearances. Aw, maybe Zac can help mop up those teardrops on Taylor’s guitar. Some kitchen roll ought to do it.
Una Healy and Ben Foden. Yes Rochelle “look at my £50,000 ring” is engaged to Marvin but that doesn’t mean we can forget about the other Saturday with a ring on it. Pregnant Una has made us: A. wish we we had a cute rugby player fiance and B. wish we were with child so we could feast on Twirls after tweeting this cute picture.
Harry Styles and Caroline Flack. The One Direction Love God has reportedly introduced the two most important women in his life. Caroline was invited for a family dinner at Harry’s mum’s house last week and everything went very well. Baby pictures were shared, Caz helped with the washing-up whilst Anne nodded approvingly. Prescription for heartbroken 1D fans: Look at this picture and call us in the morning.
Tom Parker and Kelsey Hardwick. Our third favourite member of TW has revealed that he wants to marry girlfriend Kelsey. The singer claims that he’s always known Kelsey would be the girl he would eventually wed and credits her with helping him settle down. Double wedding Max?