X Factor 2012: Lucy Spraggan won't be replaced!

Lucy Spraggan (X Factor 2012)

X Factor bosses have revealed that they won't be replacing Lucy Spraggan on the show, following her exit.

Lucy Spraggan quit The X Factor 2012 this morning, citing her continuing illness.

The 21-year-old said in a statement: "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."

Lucy's mentor Tulisa added: "I’m so sorry to lose Lucy from the competition.. I now count her as a friend as she is an amazing girl."

A spokesperson for the show confirmed shortly after: "Lucy will not be replaced in the competition"

They added: "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."

This weekend's elimination will go ahead as normal, with the 13th wild card entry meaning there are still enough acts in the competition to continue without any changes.

So unfortunately those hoping for a surprise comeback from one o the eliminated acts will be disappointed.

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[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] live shows continue tonight on ITV1 with a Number Ones themed night.

The latest results show follows on Sunday evening, which will feature performances from Rita Ora and No Doubt, as well as one more act being given the boot.

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