X Factor's Louisa Johnson praises Simon Cowell and former mentor Rita Ora

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Louisa Johnson has credited Rita Ora with helping to inspire her on The X Factor.

Last year's winner of the show is gearing up to release her record very soon and we really can't wait for it.

Speaking to Wonderland Magazine this month, Louisa heaped praise on X Factor boss Simon Cowell and her former mentor, Rita.

"I really admire Simon. It’s definitely scary, the fame that comes with X Factor, but I’m doing everything I’ve always dreamed about," Louisa said. "Him and Rita have helped me so much. Simon is so supportive and it’s really great.

"I think Rita inspired me the most, because she’s young too and we had so many ideas together."

Louisa added: "She helped me a lot. She always told me to be myself, to remain strong mentally. I think it’s the most important advice anyone can give you."

Meanwhile, Louisa has promised surprises and a mix of genres from her upcoming album which is slated for release in November.

Louisa told the magazine: "It’s been quite difficult to go straight from the show to the studio, but I just want to share my music."

She explained: "For me, my music is like a diary: it’s very real and honest, and I like to be open.

"It’s not one kind of genre. I love Caribbean-vibe music, Beyoncé, old school R&B and everything from the '90s.... I think people are going to be surprised when they hear it!" Louisa added, "It’s really hard to explain, it’s just all about the vibe…"

While we all wait for Louisa's album, here's her latest appearance from Radio 1's Live Lounge earlier in the month

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