Louisa Johnson on Christmas No.1: 'It would mean the world to me'
Louisa Johnson has revealed it would “mean the world” to her if she manages to score this year’s Christmas No.1 with her debut single, Forever Young.
Fresh from her victory over duo Reggie 'N' Bollie on Sunday, we caught up with the 17-year old to find out how she’s feeling after taking this year’s crown.
“It’s all a bit surreal”, Louisa told us. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed and it’s happened. It’s been really really crazy. I sort of went a bit blank when I heard my name. I was just really shocked and I couldn’t believe it.”
With Forever Young currently sitting pretty at the top of the UK iTunes chart - ahead of the likes of Adele, Justin Bieber and X Factor faves One Direction - Louisa claimed: “It’s a bit crazy, I mean I never expected that in a million years.
“Adele, Justin Bieber and One Direction are some of the biggest stars in the world and to be ahead of them on the iTunes chart is just absolutely crazy. I just can’t believe it.”
Louisa continued that she would “just be so happy” if she managed to claim this year’s festive chart-topper, stating: “For me, it is about Christmas No.1 but if it didn’t get it, the proceeds are going to charity, so I feel like I’ll be doing a good job either way but it would mean the world to me to have it this quickly.”
Having expressed her love of previous X Factor winner Leona Lewis, Louisa said it feels “weird” to be compared to her idol, revealing: “I’ve looked up to her so much since she was on The X Factor and I’ve been to all her concerts and now I’m being compared to her!
“It’s such an amazing feeling because she’s very successful and she’s such a great artist.”
Louisa was also full of praise for her mentor Rita Ora, with the star saying she will “definitely” be staying in touch with her, adding: “I think the best thing about having Rita was that we just bonded straight away.
“You know when you just have that connection with someone and you just understand each other – she really understood me. She’s got a lot of experience and she had a lot to offer. I was just really lucky that I got to have her as my mentor.”
Louisa went on to add that she’s already started to think about what we can expect from her future material, teasing: “I think it’s just a case of trying things out because I like so many different styles of music.
"I haven’t actually got one that I like and I’d go for. I think it’s just a case of trying things out. I’ve got loads of ideas, but whether they work or not, I just need to try.”
Finally, after stating that it’s been her dream to win The X Factor, Louisa concluded that the experience has certainly lived up to her expectations!
“It’s been amazing, I haven’t had the chance to take it all in. It’s been hard at times but when you think about it, going out there at the weekend and singing to millions of people at home is just one of my dreams and I’ve got to do that at such a young age.
"I just feel really privileged to have been able to do that.”