There’s no denying that Louisa Johnson is one amazing X Factor winner.
The 17-year-old totally stunned the judges (and us) with her incredible vocals and super-cool attitude over the course of the series.
And after a typical upbringing in Essex, it was great to see someone from such a relatable background do so well.
But now Louisa’s revealed that she was actually approached by the show’s producers last year, when she was just 16.
She tells the MailOnline: ‘I’ve always wanted to go on the programme. But I wasn’t quite ready to do it when I was asked last year as I was at school.
‘But it gave me the idea to try this year. I had a gut instinct and felt like it was the right thing to do.’
This wasn’t her only brush with Simon Cowell. Two years ago, Louisa tried out for his other reality show Britain’s Got Talent.
She continues: ‘I also applied for Britain’s Got Talent in 2013 but I didn’t get past the first stage. It wasn’t meant to be.’
TBH, we don’t blame Louisa for giving all avenues a go. She’s clearly been keen to kick-start her career for quite a while.
She reportedly trained at Essex’s Urban Edge theatre school for a number of years, which X Factor alumnus Lauren Platt also attended.
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‘My wife Katie is a vocal coach doing a lot of work in Essex,’ co-founder Stevie Watts said in a recent interview.
‘She gets a lot of talented kids coming her way, and she’s been looking after an outstanding talent called Louisa Johnson since she was 11 years old.’
Think it sounds a little fishy that Louisa and Lauren started out in the same way? Fear not, apparently it’s all one big fluke.
An X Factor spokesperson tells The Sun: ‘Any connection with a former contestant is coincidence.
‘No one has been given special treatment and everyone was judged on the strength of their performances.’
And what performances they were.