Seventeen-year-old Essex-born singer Louisa Johnson auditioned for the twelfth series of The X Factor
, performing The Jackson 5's "Who's Lovin' You
" to great acclaim (here's the video
She made it through the X Factor
rounds getting to the final and was crowned the winner when she beat Afrobeats duo Reggie 'N' Bollie with her cover of Bob Dylan's Planet Waves
track "Forever Young
." Louisa Johnson was the first winner in the Girls category since Alexandra Burke in 2008, and the youngest champion ever, overtaking Joe McElderry, who was 18 years old when he won in 2009.