Louis Tomlinson brought “The X Factor” crowd to its feet and nearly to tears after debuting his first solo single, an inspirational dance anthem, just days after losing his mother to cancer. The track is called “Just Hold On!” and was created and performed in collaboration with Steve Aoki.
As rumored, Louis’ One Direction boys showed up for support. Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles slipped backstage where a few fans managed to capture blurry photographic evidence. Zayn Malik, who was also rumored to be in attendance, didn’t seem to actually be there. Comedian and former “X Factor” worker Roycey seemingly confirmed One Direction’s presence in a heartfelt tweet about the band’s loyalty.
The support didn’t stop with One Direction, either. After Louis got through the performance with immeasurable strength, Simon Cowell shared a few words. “I’ve known you now for six years and what you’ve just done and the bravery…I respect you as an artist, I respect you as a person,” Simon tells Louis. “Your mum was so proud of you, Louis, and she was so looking forward to tonight. She’s looking down on you now. She’s so proud.”
Although Louis’ kept his composure while performing a song written for his late mother, his tweets after the fact reveal how difficult it truly was.
(Photo credits: twistedrevival, Louis Tomlinson and Roycey Twitter accounts)