Louisa Johnson Calls Louis Tomlinson ‘So Brave’ For His X Factor Performance

Louis debuted his solo single Just Hold On on Saturday night's show, days after his mother Johannah Deakin's death

Louisa Johnson has praised Louis Tomlinson for his emotional X Factor performance.

The One Direction singer debuted his new track Just Hold On with collaborator Steve Aoki on Saturday night, in tribute to his late mother Johannah Deakin.

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Johannah lost her battle with leukaemia last Wednesday, aged 43.

Before debuting the track, Louis had Tweeted: ‘All the support has been incredible! Let’s do this together tonight.’

But understandably, it took a lot of strength for the 24-year-old to take to the stage. He later wrote: ‘That was harder than I ever imagined. I want to thank everyone around me and all of the amazing fans out there that made that so special!’

Louis Tomlinson and mum Johannah Deakin

Louis Tomlinson’s mum Johannah Deakin passed away last week

Now Louisa, 18, has told The Sun: ‘I thought he was so brave. I don’t think I could have actually done that.

‘I really really felt for him and looked up to him for that because losing someone is such a hard thing in itself and to then go on a show in front of millions of people is very hard anyway and I think he handled it so well.’

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Louisa – who won The X Factor last year – appeared on the show on the same night as Louis. She and Clean Bandit performed their single Tears as a duet with finalists 5 After Midnight.

5 After Midnight ended up being voted off The X Factor later that evening, leaving Matt Terry and Saara Aalto to battle it out for the crown.

Matt, 23, ended up victorious, and his single When Christmas Comes Around is now fighting Louis’ Just Hold On for the Christmas #1 spot.