17 year old Louise Johnson has emerged the winner of XFactor 2015.
Being an early favorite by bookies and viewers, the 17-year-old singer-student garnered 53.9 percent of the votes, beating her rival rappers Reggie N Bollie
“I’ve imagined this day for so many years and you have no idea how much this means to me,” Johnson said after she was declared the winner.
During the performance show on Sunday, Johnson sang Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter,” R-Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and Jennifer Hudson’s “And I’m Telling You” (duet with Rita Ora).
The teenager from Essex won at the final edition of the show last Sunday after going up against audience favourite Reggie and Bollie who earlier in the show received the longest ovation ever given to any contestant in the history of the show following the performance of their favourite song featuring a mash up of the One Direction song “What Makes You Beautiful” and Reel 2 Real’s “I Like To Move It.”
The duo from Ghana who had won millions of fans nationwide as a result of their highly entertaining genre of Afrobeat flavored mash up of hit songs also performed alongside 90s pop star Craig David and Afrobeat star FuseODG. But they lost out to Louise following the rendition of the winner’s song. “Forever Young” which gave the winner a clear advantage as the ballad was more suited to her singing style and vocal range prompting many to voice allegations of fixing .
The show would have been far duller without them and they showed that novelty acts don’t have to be annoying – these boys were fun, likeable and clearly loving every minute of their time on the show.
“I’ve believed in you from day one, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you so much,” said their mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.
The duo later expressed gratitude to their fans who showed their support since day one: “We want to say thank you to everyone supporting us, thank you to the judges—thank you for making us live our dreams, thank you Cheryl for your belief, we really appreciate it.”