Louisa Johnson Interview ‘When I’m on stage is where I am at my happiest’

Louisa Johnson speaks to Notion mag in a new Interview

The 17 year-old opens up about her friendship with Rita, judge rivalry and what the future holds for her.

Credit Notion magazine
Credit Notion magazine

You’re the youngest ever winner of X Factor – that must be a pretty amazing feeling.
It’s crazy, I mean it’s been my dream for the whole time it’s been on TV basically. I’ve watched it ever since it started and to win it, it’s just… mental. I can’t get my head around it, I can’t, I’ve not come to grips with it at all.

When the announcement was made, Rita was with you the whole way wasn’t she?
That was so funny. Afterwards, we both pulled the same facial expression, so funny.

I think she was really holding her breath for you.
Do you know what, we’ve really grown so much together and I feel like we’ve bonded a lot… It was so nice to share that moment with her.

Do you think you’ve become firm friends now?
Yeah, definitely. I will definitely stay in touch with her.

Do you think you would have been as successful if you had another judge as your mentor?
I don’t know because I haven’t experienced what they would be like so I couldn’t really say. But I think they all are amazing, like they all know individually what’s good for a person. Simon’s amazing at what he does and Nick is on radio and that’s going to help us promote our songs, Cheryl has been a performer, Rita is a performer, they all have their own individual way of dealing with things so I couldn’t really say. Rita for me, me and Rita really worked well together.

What has been your favourite performance?
That one [‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World’] but now I’ve done a duet with Rita, so I enjoyed that a lot as well. I would probably say that one. I was most nervous during  the first live performance. I knew the song really well and I’d rehearsed it a lot, but I think it was because it was the first ever live show, everything was getting to me, I didn’t know what to expect.


Now you’re going to be making your own music. How do you want your music to sound?
I mean I’m young and I don’t really know which path I’m going to take now yet, but I feel like I need to try some things out. If they don’t work, they don’t work. I wanna try things, I like loads of different types of music, so it will be cool to try different things and see what’s best for me.

A few more duets on the cards do you think?
Maybe, I’m not too sure which way its going to go. Hopefully it’ll all go to plan.

It would be good if you did one with Rita.
We were talking about it, I would love to work with her in the future.

Louisa’s debut single ‘Forever Young’ is out now.

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