Louisa Johnson

Last updated on 19 November 2017

Louisa Johnson (born 11 January 1998) is an English singer and songwriter from Thurrock, Essex. She was the winner of the twelfth UK series of The X Factor in 2015.[1] Aged 17 at the time of winning, Johnson is the programme's youngest winner. She was featured on Clean Bandit's hit single "Tears". Her debut album, originally due for release on 18 November 2016, will be released in 2017.[2]

Louisa Johnson
Born 11 January 1998
Essex, England
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2015–present
Labels Syco

Early life

Johnson was born in 1998 in Essex[3] to David Johnson[4] and Lisa Hawkyard. Her father is a construction worker and her mother a driving instructor.[5] She was raised in Thurrock.[6]


2015–2016: The X Factor

In 2015, Johnson auditioned for the twelfth series of The X Factor, singing 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".[7] 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.[8] She sang "Lay Me Down" in the second challenge and made it through to the six-chair challenge.[9]

Johnson competed in the "girls" category at "bootcamp" and was mentored, at the decision of the public, by Rita Ora.[7] 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".[7] At judges' houses, she sang "Respect" by Aretha Franklin in front of Ora and Meghan Trainor in Los Angeles;[7] this performance gained media attention, as its televising saw Johnson wearing two separate pairs of shoes, with some viewers inferring some sort of faking.[10] Two weeks after that performance was recorded,[7] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

The X Factor performances and results (2015)
Show Song choice Theme Result
Auditions "Who's Lovin' You"[9] N/A Through to bootcamp
Bootcamp – challenge 1 "Proud Mary"[8] Through to challenge 2
Bootcamp – challenge 2 "Lay Me Down"[9] Through to six-chair challenge
Six-chair challenge "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"[9] Through to judges' houses
Judges' houses "Respect"[9] Through to live shows
Live show 1 "God Only Knows"[14] This Is Me Safe
Live show 2 "Billie Jean"[15] Reinvention Safe
Live show 3 "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)"[16] Movie week Safe
Live show 4 "Let It Go"[17] Love & Heartbreak Safe
Live Show 5 "Love Yourself"[18] Jukebox Safe
"Jealous" Judges' choice
Semi-final "The Power of Love"[19] Songs to get me to the final Safe
"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"
Final "I Believe I Can Fly" New song Safe
"And I Am Telling You" (with Rita Ora) Celebrity duet
"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"[12] 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.[7] 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.[20] The single dropped to number twelve the following week becoming the lowest ranking X Factor winner's song ever on the Christmas Day chart.[21] 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.[22]

2016–present: Debut studio album

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,[23] and would include her debut single "Forever Young". However, she told Digital Spy "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."[23] On 30 March 2016, Johnson revealed a song called "Ruin It with a Kiss", which will feature on her debut album.[24]

In May 2016, she released a single with Clean Bandit called "Tears". The single has achieved high chart success charting at number 3 on the Scottish Singles Chart, number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, number 21 on the Irish Singles Chart, and in other European countries. The single was also certified Platinum by the BPI. The following month after the song was released Johnson appeared as an act at the Summertime Ball where she performed the song "Tears" and a new version of the song "Over and Over Again" alongside Nathan Sykes.

Johnson released her second solo single, "So Good", on 28 October 2016. The single peaked at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart and received a Gold certification by the BPI. [25] She subsequently released her third single, "Best Behaviour" from the album on 10 March 2017, which she performed on Sunday Brunch two days later. It peaked at number 48 on the UK Singles Chart.[26] In June 2017, it was announced that Johnson would feature on the official Grenfell Tower fire charity single, a cover of "Bridge over Troubled Water" along with artists such as Stormzy and Liam Payne. The single was released on June 21 and went on to enter the UK charts at #1 two days later.[27]

Personal life

Johnson is a supporter of Premier League football team West Ham United.[28]



As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Forever Young" 2015 9 5 2 TBA
"So Good" 2016 13 33 37 77 8
"Best Behaviour"[34] 2017 48 71 22
(with Olly Murs)
32 35 65 20 24 Hrs

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


(Clean Bandit featuring Louisa Johnson)
2016 5 [A] 95 21 36 [B] 3 45 17 TBA
"Weak (Stay Strong Mix)"
(AJR featuring Louisa Johnson)
2017 Non-album single
"Bridge over Troubled Water"
(as part of Artists for Grenfell)
1 26 25 [C] 1
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


  • The X Factor Live Tour (2016)
Support Act
Opening act


  1. ^ Mohan, Isabel. "X Factor Final 2015 results: Louisa Johnson a worthy winner, why One Direction looked so miserable, plus full voting stats". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  2. ^ Darvill, Josh. "Louisa Johnson's debut album won't be out until next year". Tellymix.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Louisa Johnson wins X Factor 2015 and One Direction play their last gig for a year – watch". www.nme.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ Whale, James. "David, the Dad of Essex X-Factor hopeful Louisa Johnson, talks about her hopes for the future". BBC Essex. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  5. ^ "X Factor 2015 star Louisa Johnson and family meet West Ham idols". Echo. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  6. ^ Harmsworth, Andrei (14 December 2015). "Xstatic". Metro: 3.
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  8. ^ a b "Thurrock's Louisa Johnson makes next round of X Factor". Your Thurrock. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d e "The X Factor 2015: Who is Louisa Johnson?". Daily Express. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  10. ^ "The X Factor 2015: Louisa Johnson's shoes prove The X Factor is fake". Metro.
  11. ^ "X Factor 2015: Monica Michael to return as wildcard". Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Reggie 'N' Bollie vs. Louisa Johnson – who will win? Plus what time is X Factor final results show on TV tonight?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Louisa Johnson becomes youngest X Factor winner". Belfast Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  14. ^ Mohan, Isobel (3 November 2015). "Bupsi Brown, Alien Uncovered and 4 things we've learned from The X Factor". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  15. ^ Mohan, Isabel (9 November 2015). "X Factor 2015: huge shock as Seann Miley Moore gets voted off and 5 things we learned". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  16. ^ Mohan, Isabel (16 November 2015). "X Factor 2015: Olly Murs apologises for vote-off gaffe, plus 6 things we learned". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  17. ^ "It's Love & Heartbreak week – here's what the acts are singing". The X Factor. itv.com. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  18. ^ "It's Jukebox & Judges' Choice week! See what our Final 5 will be singing here". The X Factor. itv.com. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Semi-Final theme & songs revealed and we're TOO excited!". The X Factor. itv.com. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  20. ^ "X Factor: Louisa Johnson records lowest chart entry for winner". BBC News. bbc.co.uk. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  21. ^ "NHS Choir defeat Justin Bieber to secure the UK's Official Christmas Number 1 2015". Official Chart Company. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  22. ^ "X Factor's Louisa Johnson proves herself a worthy winner in astounding Text Santa performance". BT Group. tv.bt.com. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  23. ^ a b Laing, Greg (24 December 2015). "X Factor winner Louisa Johnson to rush-release her debut album for February 2016". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  24. ^ Corner, Lewis (30 March 2016). "X Factor winner Louisa Johnson has been recording new music and we have a first song title". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  25. ^ Alexander, Susannah (23 October 2016). "Louisa Johnson is releasing new music VERY soon". Digital Spy. United Kingdom: Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  26. ^ a b c "Louisa Johnson". officialcharts.com. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  27. ^ "Grenfell Tower single Bridge Over Troubled Water enters at Number 1 less than 48 hours after release". Official Charts Company. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  28. ^ "Louisa Johnson meets her Hammers heroes". www.whufc.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  29. ^ Peak positions for the singles in Hungary: For "So Good": "Radios Top 40". Hivatalos magyar slágerlisták. Retrieved 3 September 2017. For "Unpredictable": "Radios Top 40". Hivatalos magyar slágerlisták. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
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  32. ^ a b Peak positions for the singles in Scotland:
  33. ^ "British certifications – Louisa Johnson". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 January 2017. Enter Louisa Johnson in the search field and then press Enter.
  34. ^ "X Factor winner Louisa Johnson reveals new single Best Behaviour". TV Daily. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  35. ^ "British certifications – Louisa Johnson". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 January 2017. Enter Louisa Johnson in the search field and then press Enter.
  36. ^ "Olly Murs to team with an X Factor winner for new single Unpredictable". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  37. ^ https://www.bpi.co.uk/award/7906-4512
  38. ^ "Clean Bandit feat. Louisa Johnson - Tears". ultratop.be.
  39. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". www.offiziellecharts.de.
  40. ^ 40, Stichting Nederlandse Top. "Clean Bandit Feat. Louisa Johnson - Tears". Top40.nl.
  41. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC CHART.
  42. ^ swedishcharts.com – Clean Bandit feat. Louisa Johnson – Tears
  43. ^ "Clean Bandit - Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com.
  44. ^ "Clean Bandit feat. Louisa Johnson - Tears". ultratop.be.
  45. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  46. ^ "British certifications – Clean Bandit ft Louisa Johnson". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 January 2017. Enter Clean Bandit ft Louisa Johnson in the search field and then press Enter.
  47. ^ http://www.fimi.it/certificazioni#/category:singoli/year:2017/page:0/term:Clean_Bandit
  48. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  49. ^ "Louisa Johnson to support Olly Murs Summer Tour 2017!". Liz Hobbs Group. Retrieved 9 April 2017.


  1. ^ "Tears" did not enter the Ultratop 50 Flanders, but peaked at number 24 on the Ultratip chart.[44]
  2. ^ "Tears" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 10 on the NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart.[45]
  3. ^ "Bridge over Troubled Water" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 4 on the NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart.[48]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ben Haenow
Winner of The X Factor
Succeeded by
Matt Terry
Preceded by
Something I Need
Winner's singles of The X Factor
Forever Young
Succeeded by
When Christmas Comes Around

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