Louisa Johnson received some disappointing news over the weekend.
The 17-year-old may have been an amazing X Factor winner, but her debut single Forever Young didn’t perform quite as well as hoped. Boo :(.
Unfortunately, it only reached #9 in the charts.
This makes it the lowest ever entry for a winner’s first single, with the majority of champions managing to reach #1.
Only series one’s Steve Brookstein and series six’s Joe McElderry failed to claim the top spot during their song’s first week on sale, both making it to #2.
Of course, Joe was pipped to the post after a Facebook campaign successfully got Rage Against The Machine‘s 1992 tune Killing In The Name to the top position instead.
They both climbed to #1 the week after, which should give Louisa hope for a higher position this week.
And there’s more good news for the Essex-born teen. Forever Young was actually at a disadvantage, as only four days of the chart week counted towards its position.
This was due to the move of the singles and album chart from Sunday to Friday, while The X Factor final still takes place at the weekend.
Weekly positions are now determined by sales from Friday through to midnight on Thursday, and Forever Young didn’t go on sale until Louisa was was crowned winner on Sunday night.
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This allowed Justin Bieber to keep his #1 position for a third week with smash hit Love Yourself.
So what else made it onto the chart this week? Well, Bieber actually nabbed the #2 position as well with Sorry, while #3 was Adele’s Hello.
The rest of the top five consisted of You Don’t Own Me by Grace feat. G-Eazy and Justin (yep, again) made another entry at #5 with What Do You Mean?
Hmmm. For some reason, we’re pretty sure Louisa’s still going to do alright for herself…