Louis Tomlinson recently stopped by BBC Radio 2 to chat with BBCR2 Dermot O’Leary on his radio show, Saturday Breakfast with Dermot. Ahead of the show, Louis posed with Dermot and Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, who was also interviewed.
As is tradition for Louis, he stopped outside of the studio to take photos and chat to fans before and after his interview. He was happy and in good spirits, laughing and joking with the Louies waiting to meet with him.
Dermot and Louis chatted about his upcoming debut solo album, expected to be out toward the end of this year or early 2019.
Louis shared how “personal” the album is going to be:
“It’s taking a little bit longer, I’m a little perfectionist. It’s more personal now and it’s more pressure to show who I am.”
It’s possible Louis is planning to draw inspiration from some of his more introspective tracks, like 2017’s “Just Like You”.
The singer also spoke to Dermot about the structure of his album, revealing new details about the number of tracks it might feature:
“I’m a bit pedantic about this, I want this to be value for money, so it’s going to be as many tracks as I can possibly get on it. I want to get it close to eighteen.”
Louis fans took to Twitter and Tumblr to voice their excitement after the interview, ecstatic that such a high number of tracks might be on the album.
“He is the king,” wrote one fan; “I’m so excited, I can’t wait!” wrote another.
IM NOT READY IM SO READY IM NOT READY IM NPT READY IM NOT READY IM SO READY AJDJDJDHJDJDJD— viva™️ | ✨💛🌼⭐️| (@glitterpenguin3) September 29, 2018
Ohhhhh my god yessss I'm soooo excited 😭😭😭💙— LT1 is coming 🇰🇼 (@aisha44x) September 29, 2018
Louis mentioned that he’s not too nervous for the live shows because they offer the chance for banter between himself and his fellow judges:
“Simon doesn’t control the edit you know what I mean? So there’ll be certain things, certain jokes that we share that he can’t cut out. I’m looking forward to ribbing into him to be honest.”
Fans can listen to the full BBC Radio 2 interview here. Louis will continue to appear on The X Factor UK as a judge, and fans can follow along with Louis’ contestants by watching the program on ITV.