X Factor mentor Tulisa Contostavlos has paid tribute to Derbyshire-born Lucy Spraggan after the singer was forced to pull out of the competition.
The singer, originally from Buxton, was given a free pass through to this weekend's round of the competition after illness last week. But when she was still not well enough to perform this weekend, she pulled out of the competition, stating it was unfair on the other singers.
Her mentor Tulisa said,
– Tulisa Contostavlos
"She's just an amazing person to work with. I'm going to miss her very much.
"We are still in touch, this is not the end of Lucy or the last you are going to see of her...big, big things to come. I just want to send her all my love."
I'm so sorry to lose @lspraggan from the competition
In a statement Spraggan said
– Lucy Spraggan
"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."