Thurrock's X Factor star Louisa Johnson stood head and shoulders above the competition on Saturday with a "mesmerising" performance of 'Everybody's Free' during the film-themed show.

Mentor Rita Ora and Louisa were both reduced to tears by her "moving" performance of Baz Lurhmann's 'Everybody's Free' from the movie Romeo and Juliet.

Simon Cowell told Louisa he 'adored' her as Rita and Louisa cried.

He said: “I really really adore you. I love people who want to make a difference you their lives. This is a performance you’re going to be remembered for.”

Judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini told her she didn't know how good she was, adding that her performance was "mesmerising."

Louisa walked through to the next round, along with six other finalists, while contestants Max Stone and Monica Michael both got the boot.

Next week will be the fourth round of the 2015 series, with only seven contestants remaining to battle it out.

WATCH Louisa prove her credentials on Saturday with an emotional performance: