Is The X Factor just for pop stars?

Judge Tulisa Contostavlos described Lucy Spraggan as “one of the most unique artists this competition has ever seen”, after her self-penned ballad ‘Mountains’ went down a storm with the X Factor audience on Saturday night.  

But why is she so unique in the competition, when her style and genre are nothing new to the world of music as a whole?  It could be argued that the show is only interested in a certain type of music and voice.  The pop star image is almost as important to getting into the final as your vocal ability.  

Despite being a talented musician and songwriter, and a good singer of her own songs, the odds are stacked against Spraggan reaching the final due her lack of versatility.  

It’s unlikely she’ll be able to churn out a quirky song in time for each week’s show, and to fit with every week’s theme, so she will surely have to perform covers at some point.  We saw with her attempts at ‘Moves Like Jagger’ at Bootcamp, and Whitney Houston classic ‘I will Always Love You’ at Judges’ Houses that covers are not her strong point.  Being forced out of her comfort zone could be her downfall.  

Likened to ‘a female Ed Sheeran’, the 20-year-old from Sheffield stood out in the first round with her own song ‘Last Night’, and has been praised by head judge Gary Barlow for being an “excellent storyteller”.  There is no denying that Lucy Spraggan has the elusive ‘X Factor’ – so surely this is enough to see her become a success after the show, but it’s not looking likely that she will be crowned the winner.  

Maybe it’s time the ITV bosses re-named the show “The Pop Factor”.

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