When it comes to social media trolling, Louisa knows only too well how hurtful it can be. And she's spoken out about how it's affecting this year's finalists...
Louisa Johnson, the winner of last year’s X Factor, has some words of wisdom for the current contestants on the ITV show.
Her advice comes after it’s become clear that some of this year’s hopefuls have been subject to trolling on social media. Yup, not cool.
The singer’s comments follow girl group Four of Diamonds revealing that they were left ‘hurt’ and ‘upset’ by abuse on Twitter, when singer Gifty was booted out of the competition instead of them.
And on Saturday night’s show, the girls were seen reading through some not-so-nice tweets, sadly aimed at them, along with Ryan Lawrie.
Ryan explained: ‘It really hurts to read their words. It kind of makes me feel like I’m doing something wrong, and maybe I’m not wanted here… It’s really tough.’
Speaking to The Sun before her performance at the switching on of the Oxford Street Christmas lights, Louisa said, ‘It’s strange to watch [X Factor] now that you know what goes on behind the scenes.
‘It’s really busy. People think you just turn up and sing, but there’s a lot of early mornings and late nights.
‘It’s a lot of hard work, and I think people should cut the contestants some slack. It’s not just about the singing, there’s a lot going on.’
The 18-year-old had some advice for contestants that might be dealing with trolls. The winner advised that it’s best to ‘just cut it out’, adding: ‘If you’re happy, that’s what matters.’
It didn’t take long for this year’s most controversial contestant to come up. Louisa said of Honey G, ‘She’s cool, she’s doing her thing. She’s obviously living her dream so if she’s happy that’s all you can really say.’
She added: ‘I do think she’s real. I do, I really do.’