She has been bookies’ favourite ever since the beginning of the competition and now she has been tipped to make an even bigger name than 2006 champion Leona Lewis. On Sunday night, 17-year-old Louisa Johnson shocked the world by becoming the youngest contestant ever to win X Factor.
The live finale held at London’s Wembley Arena saw a host of performances from regular guests Coldplay to X Factor’s alumni One Direction.
Louisa sailed to victory by beating double act Reggie ‘N’ Bollie as the eleventh series of the hit ITV show came to an end.
The younger singer was crowned public’s favourite after putting on a splendid performance leading to boss Simon Cowell’s claim that she could surpass even the stardom of former winner Leona Lewis.
Louisa whose beautiful version of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young wowed the audience is reported to earn at least £6million in the next year alone and enjoy levels of popularity similar to Bleeding Love hitmaker Leona Lewis.
Her record deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco label comes with an estimated £125,000 advance and she is expected to earn a further £100,000 from the X Factor tour next year.
Fighting back her tears of joy, Louisa after her win said: “I’ve imagined this day for so many years, it’s incredible. You have no idea how much this means to me.”
“I really can’t put it into words. It doesn’t even feel real. It’s just amazing. It’s just crazy and I just appreciate everyone so much for keeping me here, I really do.”
“I’ve got the most loyal supporters ever. If I make a decision they’ll stick with it and I just can’t thank them enough. They’ve obviously done an amazing job and I’m just so happy.”
Louisa’s mentor Rita Ora had nothing but praise for the new winner. She gushed on stage: “Oh my god can I just say thank you to everybody who voted and thank you to Louisa for being the cutest, most generous, most hardworking, gorgeous, gorgeous winner of X Factor 2015!”
It is the first win for mentor Rita who moved over from BBC’s The Voice.