Monday, December 14, 2015 8:16 am
Louisa Johnson, 17, an Essex school girl has won Britain’s X Factor. And she made history as the youngest contestant to emerge champion.
She sailed to victory on Sunday night’s live finale at London’s Wembley Arena, beating Ghanaian double act Reggie ‘N’ Bollie to the title as the eleventh series of the ITV show came to a dramatic conclusion.
A favorite of the bookies since the beginning of the show, she was crowned the public’s favourite after putting on a jaw-dropping performance, earning unprecedented praise from show boss Simon Cowell, who tipped her for superstardom rivalling only show veteran Leona.
Louisa – whose version of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young is being rush-released – is predicted to enjoy levels of popularity similar to Bleeding Love hitmaker Leona and earn at least £6million in the next year alone.
Her record deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco label comes with an estimates £125,000 advance and she is expected to earn a further £100,000 from the X Factor tour next year.
An insider told The Sun: ‘Louisa is the whole package, she has a great voice, she is pretty and is young enough to have a long career. Simon thinks she could even go on to outshine Leona.’
Leona, who was mentored by Cowell, has achieved international success since her win and remains the richest ever winner of the competition, having amassed a fortune of £13million, closely followed by 2011 champions Little Mix with £12million.
And after her win, Louisa went straight to Twitter to thank her fans as she gushed: ‘OMG. Thank YOU!! U are seriously the most loyal supporters EVER. This was my dream & u have made it come true.’
Ghanaian duo Reggie ‘N’ Bollie, who have consistently surprised the judges by dominating the public vote, took their defeat graciously, saying, ‘We are not devastated, we’re just happy to be here! ‘
Louisa’s win came as little surprise since she blew the audience away with her amazing vocals earlier in the show, exuding confidence far beyond her young years as she belted out James Brown’s It`s A Man’s World.
Fighting back her tears, Essex schoolgirl Louisa wailed: ‘I’ve imagined this day for so many years, it’s incredible. You have no idea how much this means to me.’
* Reported by Mail Online: Mail Online