Louisa Johnson (born 11 January 1998), known professionally as Louisa, is an English singer-songwriter and winner of the twelfth UK series of The X Factor in 2015. She became the programme's youngest winner at the age of 17.
|Birth name||Louisa Johnson|
|Also known as||Louisa|
|Born|| 11 January 1998
Thurrock, Essex, England
Johnson was born in 1998 in Essex to David Johnson and Lisa Hayward. She has one younger brother, Fynn Johnson. Her father is a construction worker and her mother a driving instructor. She was raised in Thurrock.
In 2015, Johnson auditioned for the twelfth series of The X Factor, singing American pop music family group The Jackson 5's "Who's Lovin' You". She picked this record because "it is a really really hard song to sing, but I wanted to make a good impression". She received a standing ovation from all four judges and the audience afterwards and progressed through to "bootcamp". At the first challenge at "bootcamp", she sang "Proud Mary" with 4th Impact (formerly known as 4th Power), Sherilyn Hamilton-Shaw, Neneth Lyons, Jasmine Leigh Morris and Andre Batchelor, and was sent through to the next challenge. She sang "Lay Me Down" in the second challenge and made it through to the six-chair challenge.
Johnson competed in the "girls" category at "bootcamp" and was mentored, at the decision of the public, by Rita Ora. She successfully made it past the six-chair challenge to "judges' houses", singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" by Jennifer Hudson; when Johnson arrived, all six chairs had been filled, and Ora described the atmosphere as "like a zoo". At judges' houses, she sang "Respect" by Aretha Franklin in front of Ora and American musician Meghan Trainor in Los Angeles; this performance gained media attention, as its televising saw Johnson wearing two separate pairs of shoes, with some viewers inferring some sort of faking. Two weeks after that performance was recorded, she was chosen by Ora for the live shows, along with Lauren Murray and Kiera Weathers; that category's Monica Michael later returned as a wildcard entry.
Following the eliminations of Weathers, Michael and Murray in the second, third and sixth weeks, respectively, Johnson made it to the final along with Reggie 'n' Bollie and Ché Chesterman, in so doing becoming the final female in the competition. On 12 December, she duetted with her mentor, Ora. The following night, she sang her winner's single, a cover of "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan. On 13 December 2015, she won The X Factor, becoming the first winner in the Girls category since Alexandra Burke in 2008, and also the youngest winner ever, overtaking Joe McElderry, who was 18 years old when he won in 2009.
|The X Factor performances and results (2015)|
|Auditions||"Who's Lovin' You"||N/A||Through to bootcamp|
|Bootcamp – challenge 1||"Proud Mary"||Through to challenge 2|
|Bootcamp – challenge 2||"Lay Me Down"||Through to six-chair challenge|
|Six-chair challenge||"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"||Through to judges' houses|
|Judges' houses||"Respect"||Through to live shows|
|Live show 1||"God Only Knows"||This Is Me||Safe (1st)|
|Live show 2||"Billie Jean"||Reinvention||Safe (1st)|
|Live show 3||"Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)"||Movie week||Safe (1st)|
|Live show 4||"Let It Go"||Love & Heartbreak||Safe (2nd)|
|Live Show 5||"Love Yourself"||Jukebox||Safe (1st)|
|Semi-final||"The Power of Love"||Songs to get me to the final||Safe (1st)|
|"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"|
|Final||"I Believe I Can Fly"||New song||Safe (1st)|
|"And I Am Telling You" (with Rita Ora)||Celebrity duet|
|"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"||Favourite performance||Winner|
|"Forever Young"||Winner's single|
After winning The X Factor, Johnson released "Forever Young". The day after her victory, she plugged the single on The X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw's radio show, Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and This Morning, consecutively. Her version of the song entered the UK Singles Chart on 18 December 2015, at number 9, and became the lowest ever position on entry for a debut single from an X Factor winner. This can be attributed, in part, to the movement of the chart day from Sunday, when she was announced as the winner, to Friday, resulting in her single only receiving four days' sales. The single dropped to number twelve the following week becoming the lowest ranking X Factor winner's song ever on the Christmas Day chart. Overall the single is the lowest charting X Factor winner's single to date as all other winner's singles managed to top the chart or at least reach the top five. On 18 December 2015, Johnson performed "Forever Young" on the 2015 Text Santa broadcast.
There were indications that, unlike most other The X Factor winners, her debut studio album would be released as quickly as possible, maybe as early as February 2016, and would include her debut single "Forever Young". However, the singer later declared: "If I don't like it, no way is it going out. People are going to know me through that album – so it needs to be perfect." She also revealed a song called "Ruin It with a Kiss", which will feature on her debut album.
In September 2015, Johnson released a single with British band Clean Bandit called "Tears". The song was a commercial success, reaching the top five in Scotland and in the UK, and charting in many other European countries. It was also certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). In June, Johnson performed "Tears" and a new version of the song "Over and Over Again" with Nathan Sykes at the Summertime Ball.
She released her second solo single, "So Good", in November 2016. It peaked at number 13 in the UK, and received a gold certification from BPI. Her third single, "Best Behaviour" was released in March 2017, charting at number 48 in the UK, scoring a silver BPI certification. In March 2018 she released her fourth single, "Yes", a collaboration with the American rapper 2 Chainz, which reached number 65 in the UK.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
(with Olly Murs)
(featuring 2 Chainz)
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
(Clean Bandit featuring Louisa Johnson)
|"Weak (Stay Strong Mix)"
(AJR featuring Louisa Johnson)
|"Bridge over Troubled Water"
(as part of Artists for Grenfell)
|"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.|
|Awards and achievements|
|Winner of The X Factor
Something I Need
|Winner's singles of The X Factor
When Christmas Comes Around