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Chafford Hundred residents get behind Louisa Johnson to win X-factor

PUBLISHED: 17:37 25 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:42 25 November 2015

Louisa Johnson from X Factor

Louisa Johnson from X Factor

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Seventeen-year-old Louisa Johnson continues to wow the judges on X-factor and the people of Chafford Hundred couldn’t be prouder.

Most Saturdays, the Sandmartin pub in Drake Road is filled with local people watching the live shows and cheering her on.

Manager, Sheril Morris, said: “We are very proud of Louisa, she’s absolutely amazing and doing so well for a girl of just 17 years. We have posters up all over Chafford and in the pub and everyone here thinks she has good chance of winning.”

Louisa’s parents were regulars at the Sandmartin on Saturday nights before the live shows began.

Sheril added: “Now Louisa’s family are at the live shows every week supporting her - but we are doing all we can to keep up support here in Chafford.”

During the first live show Louisa performed a Beach Boys song she did not even know beforehand.

She stunned the judges with an incredible performance of God Only Knows.

Then on reinvention week she impressed them again with her version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.

Louisa performed Everybody’s Free from the tragic love story, Romeo & Juliet on Saturday (November 14).

The 17-year-old, who is the bookies’ favourite to win (William Hill 6/5), has received heaps of praise from the judegs. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini praised her “absolute star quality,” and said: “You have no idea how good you are because we have just witnessed the birth of a star,” Simon Cowell added. “You have the potential for something so special.

“It just happens to be your luck this year that there are a ton of other good singers in the competition... But you want to win and I love winners. And if that’s where it’s going to start, God only knows where it’s going to end.”

Nick Grimshaw described one of her performances as “incredible” and praised Louisa’s focus, adding: “You created a moment then. It felt like a moment in here and I know people all around the UK are having a moment to that. I hope it’s the first of many amazing moments from you, Louisa.”

Louisa’s mentor Rita Ora praised her “solid vocal performance”.

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