Fan reports from the X Factor auditions have been coming in and reports are very positive about Louis' role as judge. Fans have commented on how nice he is to contestants, providing constructive criticism and eloquent commentary. Twitter user kjilouis, who attended a taping said, "louis is such a fair and sweet judge, if he has criticisms he phrased them so nicely and said them in a constructive way and he gave people chances when the other judges wouldn't".
The second day of X Factor auditions started off with Louis Tomlinson again meeting fans outside, taking the time to chat with them and take photos.
Once filming started, fan reports began pouring in. Fellow judge Robbie Williams said of Louis: "[He's] incredibly eloquent, thoughtful and smart." Both Robbie and Louis even discussed adding to their tattoo collections together!
Louis' interaction with contestants was again heart-warming and down-to-earth, assuredly because he's been in their place before. Speaking to a contestant, he said, "You’ve made Yorkshire proud, us Yorkshire men wear our hearts on our sleeve.”
Louis also revealed something he'd never previously mentioned: that he'd auditioned for the X Factor three times! He shared the information while sympathizing with one contestant's rejection before running up to her and giving her a hug as she left the stage.
Louis had something particularly meaningful to say to a nervous contestant who blew the judges away with their vocals: "This show is about like people like you who don’t know good they are. That vibrato, I mean technically that was pretty crazy. You took us on a journey with that, and I was not expecting that, so thank you."
Of course, Louis is no stranger to the X Factor stage. His own X Factor audition was in 2010 for Season 7, where he sang "Hey There, Delilah" and made it through to the next round. During bootcamp, he didn't make it through as a solo act, but was combined with four other boys - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik to form One Direction...and the rest is history! Louis was a prolific songwriter during his time in One Direction, writing on 37 of their hits.
Today, it was announced that Louis Tomlinson has signed with Mark Gillespie and Matt Vines for management. Mark Gillespie is the founder of LA-based Three Six Zero Group and Matt Vines of Seven 7 is TSZG’s former VP of Artist Management in the UK.
Mark Gillespie sits on the core screening panel of the Grammy Organization. He was nominated for 'Manager of the Year' at the Music week awards in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Rolling Stone listed him on their list of the '50 Most Important People in EDM'. Mark is known for his work with artists such as Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, and Mark Ronson.
Matt Vines founded Seven 7 in 2016. Seven 7 has a growing roster of artists and music makers, including British punk duo Slaves, electronic duo Hurts, Irish band Walking On Cars, hit songwriter/producer Astronomyy, and newcomer Freak among others.
Together, the pair will co-manage Louis, who was formerly managed by James Grant Group. The news comes as Louis is just beginning his stint as a judge on The X Factor UK 2018. Congratulations to Louis and his new management team!
Today's Throwback Thursday is a video of Louis Tomlinson's performance of Miss You on the 2017 X Factor Finale filmed by someone in the audience. If you want to see the version that aired, you can find it on our Live Performance Videos page.
"Miss You" was released December 1, 2017, the day before Louis performed in on the X Factor Finale. The music video was released December 8, 2017. You can get your hands on a copy of it or learn more about the single on our Miss You page.
Louis Tomlinson's powerful fanbase is up for another award! Billboard's 2018 Fan Army Face-Off has nominated the Louies for top fanbase. In the first round, the Louies compete against Miley Cyrus' "Smilers".
Fans can vote multiple times daily by going to the Fan Army Face-Off webpage, scrolling down to the bottom right corner, and selecting Louis' name. Scroll back up to the top and click the "vote again" button to cast another vote for Louis. The site will prompt you to enter an email address prior to voting.
The first round closes on July 25th, 2018, so be sure to vote every day!
Louis Tomlinson attended the first day of X Factor 2018 auditions today and put his years of musical experience to work.
Fan reports of the auditions say that Louis counseled a contestant that had redone his audition a few times, giving him advice to sing acapella.
He also told another contestant he really believed in them and voted "yes" to the contestant.
Louis also asked a contestant in a hat "Have you got any hair under there?" and proceeded to "hype" the contestant up when the contestant was shy about being bald.
“have you got any hair under there” louis told a contestant to take off his hat AND THEN hyped him up when the guy was shy about being bald please my heart uwu— kas (@louhiraeth) July 18, 2018
Louis' own X Factor audition was in 2010 for Season 7, where he sang "Hey There, Delilah" and made it through to the next round. During bootcamp, he didn't make it through as a solo act, but was combined with four other boys - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik to form One Direction...and the rest is history! Louis was a prolific songwriter during his time in One Direction, writing on 37 of their hits.
Here's what's happened in the past week!
- Louis Tomlinson cheered on England in the World Cup. Sadly, England lost.
- After rumors swirled that Louis was going to be an X Factor judge, Louis tweeted that a video message was coming to explain.
- Louis met fans as he arrived to the X Factor press conference.
- During the press conference, it was confirmed Louis was going to be an X Factor judge, but he confirmed music was still his priority.
- Louis posted a video message where he thanked fans and said X Factor will not affect his album release.
- Louis thanked Niall Horan, who sent his congrats to Louis on becoming a judge.
Louis Tomlinson posted a short video thanking fans for their support and assuring them that his stint as judge on The X Factor UK wouldn't affect his album release. Louis said, "The album is still definitely my priority. It doesn't change any release time or anything like that, me doing the show."
Louis spoke about how he's enjoyed mentoring in the past and it made sense to do the show. He said he only had discussions about doing the show with his new management and made the decision "quite recently".
At The X Factor UK's press conference and photocall, Louis Tomlinson confirmed his excitement for his forthcoming debut solo album. Stopping to converse with fans, he said his album is "ready to go", and that he plans to release it "as soon as he can".
The confirmation comes after Louis was officially announced as an X Factor UK judge for the talent show's fifteenth series. His massively successful band, One Direction, gave X Factor its highest ever ratings upon being formed in 2010. It's impossible to ignore Louis' indelible impact on the show's history, and his return is sure to be the high point of this year's series.
Speaking at the press conference, Louis laid rumors to rest, saying: "People were worried I was going to give up music. My release schedule actually hasn’t changed."
Amidst rumors, Louis Tomlinson has been officially confirmed as a judge for The X Factor UK.
His return to the show marks the eighth year since his chart-topping band, One Direction, was formed there in 2010. One Direction's staggering worldwide success garnered the talent show its highest ever ratings in its seventh series.
It's impossible to think of the X Factor without remembering how much One Direction influenced the show's history and legacy. Louis' seat at the judge's table will undoubtedly be the high point of the show's fifteenth season.
Speaking at the press conference, Louis again asserted his excitement for his upcoming music releases, saying: "People were worried I was going to give up music. My release schedule actually hasn’t changed.”
Louis also mentioned his bandmates' continued support, adding "[the guys are] always very supportive about that kind of thing, you know what I mean? I’m sure I’ll get a call from Niall or Liam tonight."
Sure enough, bandmate Niall Horan tweeted his congratulations to Louis shortly after the press conference concluded.
Louis spoke to fans prior to the photocall and, when asked about his upcoming debut solo album, said he's "ready to go" and plans to release the album "as soon as he can".
Louis closed the press conference by expressing his excitement to help mentor the show's contestants, adding: "Granting opportunity to other people is something that’s really exciting to me."
With the announcement confirmed, Louis' fans turn their anticipation toward his upcoming album. Louis' current singles - "Miss You", "Back To You", "Just Hold On", and more - can be streamed here.