X Factor finalist Lucy Spraggan has quit her place in the live shows after being too unwell to perform for a second week.
The quirky 21-year-old missed last Saturday’s show due to having flu, and was given an automatic bye through to this weekend.
However she has now pulled out completely following a week of being too sick to rehearse – with Lucy saying it would be unfair to accept another free pass from producers.
“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,” she said in a statement.
“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.”
An X Factor spokesperson 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.”
Lucy’s mentor Tulisa also said she was “so sorry” to lose her and added: “I have had a brilliant time working with her and I hope I can continue to mentor her in the future. I now count her as a friend as she is an amazing girl.”
The news means that Tulisa now has only one act remaining in the competition, 16-year-old Ella Henderson, following Jade Ellis’ departure from the show last Sunday.
Producers have yet to confirm whether or not another act will be reinstated to replace the singer.
Lucy is not the first contestant in series history to miss a week of the show due to illness.
Diana Vickers also pulled out for a week in 2008 after contracting laryngitis, and returned to the show the following Saturday after being given an automatic pass to the following week.