XFactor's Lucy Spraggan signs with Columbia Records

Lucy Spraggan

X Factor star Lucy Spraggan has bagged herself a record deal with Columbia Records.

Lucy was forced to withdraw from The X Factor last year during the live shows due to illness, after being one of the favourites to win.

The 21-year-old proved a hit with her original songs including Beer Fear and Tea and Toast throughout the auditions and bootcamp, and was quickly tipped for the final after making the live shows.

But a bout of sickness saw Lucy, mentored by Tulisa on the show, have to pull out of the competition after missing two weeks of the competition.

While disappointing, it's fair to say that Lucy hasn't been particularly hard hit by her premature exit, and has since announced her own headlining tour starting next month.

And it's been confirmed today that Lucy has signed a record deal with Columbia, releasing an album at the end of the year.

"I'm really excited to be working with Columbia, it is such a respected label with an incredible heritage," Lucy said. "To be signed to the company who have worked with great icons like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen and the newer generation of artists like Calvin Harris and Rita Ora is amazing – I can’t wait!’

Co-President of Columbia Alison Donald added: 'Lucy is a refreshingly honest and naturally gifted storyteller who walks to the beat of her own drum.

"Her song-writing very much fits in with the tradition and artistry of the Columbia ethos and we are absolutely delighted to have her on board."

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