|Birth Date||26 February 1991|
|Hometown||Swindon, Wiltshire, UK|
|Occupation|| Former Asda employee |
The X Factor
He auditioned in front of the judges and audience in London with the song "At Last" by Etta James, impressing everyone with his soulful voice. Louis stated that his voice was a "revelation" and he received four yeses from the judges. From there he made it all the way to Judges' Houses as part of the Boys category mentored by Nicole Scherzinger, who selected him as one of her Top 3 finalists for the live shows.
Week after week, he continued to impress with his performances and following Ella Henderson's controversial elimination in Week 7 after being in the sing-off against fellow favorite James Arthur, bookies made him the new favorite to win.
He made it to the final along with James Arthur and Over 25s member Christopher Maloney. During the results of the first night of the final, he was the first act to make it through to the second night and he was joined by James Arthur, meaning that Nicole was guaranteed a winner with either act.
He finished as runner up to James Arthur and voting statistics released after the show revealed that he polled inside the Top 2 every week apart from Week 8, which was the week after Ella Henderson was eliminated following her sing off against James Arthur.
Post The X Factor
On Decemeber 19, 2012, it was reported that he had signed a deal with Sony Music with it being announced in January 2013 that he had signed to RCA Records. His debut album Love Never Fails was released in July and reached #1 on the UK charts. He donated all the proceeds from his single, a cover of David Guetta's "Titanium", to help victims of domestic abuse. He was also nominated for a MOBO Award for "Best Newcomer" and won in the same category at the Urban Music Awards.
In 2014, he announced his departure from RCA and signed with independent label Moonshot Music, rebranding his image and changing his musical direction. His second album "Unfathomable Phantasmagoria" was released in September 2016 but failed to chart.
In March 2017, he posted an open letter on Twitter hinting at a possible battle with depression, which caused widespread concern among fans and led to fellow finalist and close friend James Arthur asking him to get in contact with him since he had gone through his own battle with depression.
- He is a devout Christian and refused to partake in a group performance of Katy Perry's "T.G.I.F. (Last Friday Night)" due to its lyrical content. He also believed that Ella Henderson, who was 16 at the time, should not sing it and that it was not suitable for a family show.
|Series 9 Finalists|
|Carolynne Poole • Christopher Maloney • District3 • Ella Henderson • Jade Ellis • Jahméne Douglas • James Arthur • Kye Sones • Lucy Spraggan • Melanie Masson • MK1 • Rylan Clark • Union J|