American TV viewers don’t get really get to see British reality shows like “X Factor.” Typically, U.S. audiences just watch the American edition, but music lovers should still pay attention to the winners from the U.K. They often end up on our Top 40 charts shortly after they earn their title. Winners Leona Lewis and Little Mix have had several hits, while finalists like Cher Lloyd and One Direction have still found success stateside even without the title. Sunday, the British “X Factor” crowned a new winner, Louisa Johnson. Check out what you need to know about the woman who might be the next big thing.
1. Charity -- Proceeds from her first single, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” are going to charity, the Evening Standard reports. A portion of the sales will be donated to Together for Short lives, which helps kids with life-threatening conditions, and Shooting Star Chase, a hospice for children.
2. Youngest Winner -- At 17 years old, Johnson is the youngest champion of “X Factor.”
3. Big Dreams -- The Essex native made it clear that winning the ITV reality show is just the beginning of her career. “The big dream is just to work hard, focus on getting good songs out there that people can connect to and selling out arenas and connecting to people at home and all my fans,” Johnson told “Good Morning Britain” Monday. “That's the dream.”
4. Privacy -- It seems she is ready to be a big pop star. She is already locking away details about her personal life. “The thing is, I'm just sort of keeping that part of my life separate to the singing side of things because I don't really think they need to be both involved,” Johnson told BBC Radio 1 (via Daily Mail). “Personal life and singing life; two different things and I just want to keep that part of my life here and that part of my life here and just enjoy both of them.”
5. Simon Cowell Likes Her -- Johnson even has the notoriously grumpy Simon Cowell on her side. The “X Factor” judge loved her Bob Dylan cover. “You turned a good song into a great song,” Cowell told her (via Radio Times). “I do believe we are witnessing the birth of a star.”
Watch her sing “Forever Young” below: