X Factor finalist Lucy Spraggan will miss Saturday night’s Halloween-themed edition of the show after being declared too ill to perform.

The quirky singer-songwriter had earlier been reported to be suffering from flu, leaving a question mark over her participation on Saturday.

However news of her temporary withdrawal was announced via the show’s official Twitter account on Saturday afternoon.

The message read, “NEWS@lspraggan is just too unwell to perform on tonight’s #xfactor”, before going on to confirm that she would automatically proceed to next weekend’s show.

The same thing happened in the 2008 series when Diana Vickers also missed a week due to having laryngitis – but fans were not impressed by the announcement.

“How is that fair!? Jade had to perform ill last week! She should still be up for public vote!” tweeted one user, while another added, “So I know that Lucy Spraggan is too unwell to perform in tonight’s show but I don’t think it’s fair that she goes straight through.”

Lucy, 21, ran into trouble with producers last week after she and fellow finalist Rylan Clark misbehaved on a drunken night out – and ended up being banned from the finalists’ hotel as a result.

However she went on to win praise from the judges for her quirky rendition of David Guetta’s Titanium – mixed with one of her own compositions – on last Saturday’s club classics show.