Louis Tomlinson to perform on X Factor final 'in tribute to his late mother'

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Louis Tomlinson is set to sing on The X Factor 2016 this weekend.

The former One Direction singer will give his debut solo performance, and it's set to be an emotional one.

The Sun newspaper reports that Louis will pay tribute to his late mother Johannah who tragically passed away this week, aged just 43.

A statement from the family reads: “It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016.

“Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukaemia that required immediate and continuous treatment.

“We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.”

Louis' is said to have signed up to Simon Cowell's Syco record label in a new solo deal, having written his own songs.

“Louis is a brilliant songwriter and had not initially planned his own solo career," a source told The Sun. “But he’s been back in the studio and has been working on some really amazing music.

“He’s played some to the powers that be at Syco, who are really excited. They think he could be a real success as a solo artist, given his proven ability to write hit records and massive fanbase as part of 1D.”

The X Factor 2016 final airs at 8PM, Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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