Louis Tomlinson in tears as X Factor hopeful reminds him of late mum

The panellist's mother Johannah died of leukaemia in 2016

X Factor judge Louis Tomlinson was brought to tears as auditioning singer J-Sol performed a tribute to his late mother.

The One Direction star, who also recently lost his mum, wept during the emotional, self-penned track, before embracing the hopeful on stage.

It brought back painful memories for Louis, whose mother Johannah died aged just 43 in 2016 following a battle with leukaemia.

Louis embraces J-Sol (Credit: ITV)

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Fellow panellist Ayda Field also shed tears and shared the sudden loss of her father from a heart attack.

J-Sol’s own story struck a chord with the judges as he revealed his mum had urged him to audition for The X Factor before she passed away.

J-Sol was inspired to audition by his mum (Credit: ITV)

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Simon Cowell thanked the 25-year-old for performing on the show and said he also still spoke to his deceased mother.

After embracing the singer, Louis told him: “I lost my mum as well. You did an amazing job.

Ayda weeps during the audition (Credit: ITV)

“That’s the power of music that you can write such a beautiful song that’s touched us all on this panel.

“It was brilliant, it was moving. You’re a legend for what you’ve just done.”

Ayda added: “In 2014 I lost my father very unexpectedly.

Louis’s mum Johannah died in 2016 (Credit: @louist91 Instagram)

“I will never forget how the world swallowed me up on that day when I found out.

“I just want to thank you because that was a beautiful song.”

Viewers were also swept along with the emotions and took to social media to share their admiration for Louis.

Louis is overcome with emotion (Credit: ITV)

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* The X Factor continues tonight at 8pm on ITV.

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