New contestant could have beaten former winners in charts

X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan has revealed that she was asked by show bosses to remove her song from iTunes.

The singer was a hit on Saturday night’s show and her self-penned tune Last Night soon rocketed up the charts.

But Lucy was told by X Factor bigwigs to stop the track from being available – in the same week that Little Mix‘s single Wings was released.

The girl group, who won the show last year, now look set to get the No 1 spot and many suspect that management were keen to avoid the embarrassment of new star Lucy beating the 2011 victors.

I was asked by the people behind The X Factor [to take it down],’ says Lucy, 20.

We discussed it and to make it fair to the other contestants. I took it down as soon as they asked.

There’s always going to be a part of me that’s disappointed. Obviously I was asked and I’ve obliged because you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, to get somewhere in life.’

A spokesman for the TV show insisted that the decision, which upset many fans wanting to download Lucy’s single, was based on a rule applied to all hopefuls.

All contestants have been asked to remove their recordings,’ the spokesperson tells Metro.

As it is essential that all the contestants are treated fairly during the competition and, where possible, receive the same exposure.’

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Anna Francis