Tomlinson’s debut solo performance came just days after it was announced that his mother, Johannah Deakin, died after a battle with leukemia at the age of 43. Following “Just Hold On,” judge Simon Cowell praised Tomlinson’s ability to perform while mourning his mother.
“What you’ve just done… the bravery… I respect you as an artist and I respect you as a person,” Cowell told Tomlinson. “Your mum was so proud of you, Louis, she was so looking forward to tonight, she’s watching down on you now and you’ve done her proud.”
Tomlinson said that his mother would have wanted him to performance on The X Factor, Telegraph reports.
“That was harder than I ever imagined,” Tomlinson tweeted Saturday. “I want to thank everyone around me and all of the amazing fans out there that made that so special!”
Following the performance, the studio version of Tomlinson and Aoki’s “Just Hold On” was released to digital music services.
Debut as a solo singer in this ‘idol group singer
trend’ is hard. Lucky I got full support from my agency. All I have is only
good and unique voice to be called a singer. I produce my own song but I’m
still far from professional producer. I don’t get any surgery on my face or
body. It’s not because I’m confidence enough with my appearance but I don’t
have any courage to do surgery. So I still life with my petite and curve less
body. Maybe that’s one of the reason I never obsess with guy that has nice
body. I prefer the skinny one just like me. I find a guy with muscles and abs a
little bit gross. They usually love to show off their body or take pictures of
their clothes less upper body.
Tonight is my first all-kill celebration party.
Partying is really not my style. I don’t drink and can’t dance. I hate how they
bump into each other with clothes less body. The smoke from cigarette always
fill the club’s air, I can barely breath there. But tonight my agency threw me
a party and I can’t say no. They already work hard to support me and I should
thank them. Of course we didn’t rent the entry club. We just reserve some table
for our staff so many other people there.