She auditioned for The X Factor in 2012, performing her own composition, "Last Night". On 3 November 2012, it was announced she would be quitting her run on 'The X Factor' due to illness, so she subsequently finished in ninth place, and second in her category. She was the first contestant in the show's history to score a Top 40 single and album before the live shows even aired, with her independently released album Top Room At The Zoo.
Before music, Spraggan trained to be a firefighter, and has had a variety of jobs - a plumber's apprentice, a cave tour guide, and a magician. She also worked in demolition and broke her leg when a cherry picker she was working on fell to the floor.
She was listed number 86 in the Pink List 2012. The citation said:
- "The 21-year-old X-Factor finalist has broken the talent-show-puppet mould by singing her own self-composed songs throughout this year's series. Discussing coming out to her family, she recently said: 'Saying I was gay was like saying, I'm going to the shop,' There was no shock."
- http://www.manchesterpride.com/blog/post.aspx?ID=1580 "Manchester Pride Meets: Lucy Spraggan", Manchester Pride 1 November 2011
- http://www.maximumpop.co.uk/lucy-spraggan-interview/ "X-clusive! Lucy Spraggan - the first interview!" Maximum Pop 27 August 2012
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/apr/09/gay-lesbian-daughter-anstey-spraggan Anstey Spraggan "Proud to have a Gay daughter" The Guardian 9 April 2011
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/may/22/stepfamilies-stepmother-stepfather?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487 Anstey Spraggan "How to survive a stepfamily" The Guardian 22 May 2010
- http://shows.stv.tv/the-x-factor/auditions/192552-x-factor-hopeful-lucy-spraggan-too-niche-for-tulisa-at-judges-houses/ "X Factor hopeful Lucy Spraggan too ‘niche’ for Tulisa at Judges Houses?" X-Factor UK
- http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/913691-the-x-factors-lucy-spraggan-opens-up-about-near-death-experience "The X Factor's Lucy Spraggan opens up about near-death experience" The Metro