Watch the moment Harold Hill singer discovers she is the winner of Factor Essex 2018
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:07 29 November 2018
A 15-year-old singer from Harold Hill said being crowned winner of Factor Essex 2018 was an "overwhelming" experience.
Louise Cynberg from Chippenham Road didn’t think that she would make it past the first round and yet six live shows later she became the winner of Factor Essex 2018 after performing in the grand final on Sunday, November 25.
Factor Essex is a singing competition that mirrors the style of hit ITV show, The X Factor.
The show has seen various local artists rise to fame, such as Celebrity Big Brother champion and X Factor finalist Ryan Clark, along with The Voice Kids winner Jess Folley.
Louise sang the well-known Titanic song, My Heart Will Go On, by Celine Deon at the final.
She told the Recorder: “It was overwhelming, I really wasn’t expecting it.
“It was so much fun, I enjoyed every single second of it.”
As her prize Louise will now write and record her own song.
Finishing as runner-up was team Joe Fryd’s Sam Fraser, followed by team James Grant’s Aimee Broom in third and team Danielle Fairchild’s Laila Ali in fourth.
“It’s improved my confidence so much and helped me learn how to work well with other people and meet deadlines,” added the Draper’s Academy pupil.
The series nine grand final featured live performances from all of the finalists, series eight winner Alex Nicole and the LL Dance group.
After seeing Louise’s final performance, proud mum Colette Cynberg said: “It was brilliant. She was absolutely amazing.”
Speaking about the moment the winner was announced, Colette said: “All I head was screaming, everyone just went wild.
“She had consistently high votes each week. I’m extremely proud.
“The school [Draper’s Academy] have been really supportive of Louise, they really encouraged her.”
Louise joined other Factor Essex contestants in recording the show’s charity single, Fight Song.
Funds raised through the song’s sales will be donated to the mental health charity, Mind.
“She has always sung since she was tiny,” said the winner’s mum.
“[Louise] was known in the local Rainham Tesco as ‘little Annie’ because she always singing songs from the musical.”