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Louisa Johnson
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Louisa Johnson backstage at The O2 Arena before Capital's Jingle Bell Ball in December 2017
Background information
Born (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 21)
Thurrock, Essex, England
Years active2015–present

Louisa Johnson (born 11 January 1998), known professionally as Louisa, is an English singer-songwriter. In 2015, she was crowned as the winner of the twelfth series of The X Factor UK;[1] becoming the programme's youngest winner at the age of 17.

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in 1998 in Essex[2] to David Johnson[3] and Lisa Hayward. She has one younger brother, Fynn Johnson.[4] Her father is a construction worker from Essex and her mother is a driving instructor from Auckland.[5] She was raised in Thurrock.[6]


2015: The X Factor[edit]

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".[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 American musician 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]

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[edit]

There were indications that 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, 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."[23] She also revealed a song called "Ruin It with a Kiss", which will feature on her debut album.[24]

In May 2016, 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.[25] It peaked at number 13 in the UK,[26] and received a gold certification from BPI. Her third single, "Best Behaviour" was released in March 2017, charting at number 48 in the UK,[26] and scoring a silver BPI certification. In March 2018, she released her fourth single, "Yes", a collaboration with the American rapper 2 Chainz, which peaked at number 65 in the UK. On 13 July 2018, she announced via social media that she had parted ways with Syco, also revealing the release of her new single for early August with Ministry of Sound.[27] The single "Between You and Me" recorded in collaboration with One Bit was released on 10 August.[28] Later that month, she was featured on Mars Moniz's single "999".[29]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson is a supporter of football team West Ham United.[30]



As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Forever Young" 2015 9 5 2 non-album single
"So Good" 2016 13 37 8
"Best Behaviour"[34] 2017 48 71 22
(with Olly Murs)
32 65 20 24 Hrs
(featuring 2 Chainz)
2018 65 27 non-album single
"Between You and Me"
(with One Bit)
non-album single
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


(Clean Bandit featuring Louisa Johnson)
2016 5 [A] 95 21 36 [B] 3 45 17 What Is Love?
"Weak (Stay Strong Mix)"
(AJR featuring Louisa Johnson)
2017 Non-album singles
"Bridge over Troubled Water"
(as part of Artists for Grenfell)
1 26 25 [C] 1
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
(as part of NHS Voices)
2018 89 26
(Mars Moniz featuring Wusu and Louisa)
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.



  • The X Factor Live Tour (2016)



  1. ^ "Tears" did not enter the Ultratop 50 Flanders, but peaked at number 24 on the Ultratip chart.[37]
  2. ^ "Tears" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 10 on the NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart.[43]
  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.[46]


  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. ^ "Louisa Johnson wins X Factor 2015 and One Direction play their last gig for a year – watch". NME. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Louisa Johnson News:@louisa with her beautiful mum @LisaHawkyard & brother @FynnJohnson!". Twitter. Retrieved 9 November 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.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "The X Factor's Winner's Story 2015". 12. ITV. 20 December 2015. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  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". London 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". The Belfast Telegraph. 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 Daily 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. 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. 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. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  25. ^ Alexander, Susannah (23 October 2016). "Louisa Johnson is releasing new music VERY soon". Digital Spy. United Kingdom. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  26. ^ a b c d "Louisa Johnson". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  27. ^ "X Factor winner Louisa Johnson splits from Simon Cowell's label". BBC News. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  28. ^ "Louisa Johnson is back and has teamed up with One Bit on single Between You & Me". Official Charts Company. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  29. ^ "999 (feat. Louisa & Wusu) – Single by Mars Moniz". Apple Inc. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  30. ^ "Louisa Johnson meets her Hammers heroes". West Ham United F.C. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  31. ^ a b "Discography Louisa Johnson". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  32. ^ a b Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  33. ^ a b c d "British certifications – Louisa Johnson". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 January 2017. Type Louisa Johnson in the "Search BPI Awards" 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. ^ "Olly Murs to team with an X Factor winner for new single Unpredictable". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  36. ^ "Just say YES to Louisa Johnson's new single: First listen preview". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  37. ^ a b "Clean Bandit feat. Louisa Johnson – Tears". ultratop.be.
  38. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts – Offizielle Deutsche Charts". offiziellecharts.de.
  39. ^ 40, Stichting Nederlandse Top. "Clean Bandit Feat. Louisa Johnson – Tears". Top40.nl.
  40. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC CHART.
  41. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Clean Bandit feat. Louisa Johnson – Tears". www.swedishcharts.com.
  42. ^ "Clean Bandit – Chart history – Billboard". Billboard.
  43. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  44. ^ "Italian single certifications – Louisa Johnson" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  45. ^ http://www.irishcharts.ie/awards/gold17.htm[permanent dead link]
  46. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  47. ^ "British certifications – Artists For Grenfell". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 24 November 2017. Type Artists For Grenfell in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  48. ^ "Louisa Johnson to support Olly Murs Summer Tour 2017!". Liz Hobbs Group. Retrieved 9 April 2017.

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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