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Little Mix in 2013. From left to right: Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock
|Genres||Pop, R&B, hip hop, rock|
Little Mix are a British four-piece girl group formed in 2011, consisting of members Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall. They were formed exclusively for the eighth series of The X Factor, where they became the first group entry to win in the programme's eight-year history. Following their victory, they signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records. The group subsequently signed in the United States with Columbia Records. Little Mix have been branded the next Spice Girls as well as the UK's next biggest girl group capable of international success.
2011: Formation and The X Factor
Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall successfully auditioned as soloists for the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, but failed to make it past bootcamp's first challenge. However, the judges decided to give them another chance to be part of the Groups category. They were then put into separate ensembles by the judges during the group's bootcamp stage, with Edwards and Nelson in four-member group Faux Pas and Thirlwall and Pinnock in three-member group Orion. However, both groups failed to make it through to the judges' houses. A later decision saw two members from each group being called back to form the four-piece group Rhythmix, this sending them through to the judges' houses.
They eventually reached the live shows and were mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos. On 26 October 2011, Rhythmix announced that they would change their name following a dispute with a Brighton-based children's music charity of the same name, after the programme tried to trademark "Rhythmix". A spokesman for The X Factor said, "At the request of the charity Rhythmix, the members of the girl group Rhythmix have decided to change their name, a decision which has the support of Syco and TalkbackTHAMES." It was reported that the group decided to make the change, despite no legal reason to do so, to avoid any difficulties for the charity. On 28 October 2011, it was announced that the group's new name would be "Little Mix". On 20 November 2011, Little Mix became the first girl group in the show's eight-year history to progress past the seventh live show. The previous longest-surviving girl groups were The Conway Sisters (series 2) and Hope (series 4), who had both lasted until live show 7. On 11 December, Little Mix were announced as the winners, making them the first ever group to win the show. Their winner's single is a cover of Damien Rice's song "Cannonball", which was released via digital download on 11 December 2011, and on CD on 14 December 2011. The Xtra Factor: The Winner's Story was shown on ITV2 on 17 December 2011. Their debut single topped the UK Singles Chart on 18 December 2011. They made the Christmas number one spot on the Irish Singles Chart, beating novelty songs by The Saw Doctors and Ryan Sheridan.
Performances on The X Factor
Little Mix (known as Rhythmix until live show 4) performed the following songs on The X Factor:
|Performances on The X Factor|
|Perrie Edwards||Jesy Nelson||Leigh-Anne Pinnock||Jade Thirlwall|
|Auditions||"You Oughta Know"||"Bust Your Windows"||"Only Girl (In the World)"||"I Wanna Hold Your Hand"||Free choice||Through to bootcamp|
|Bootcamp 1||"Breakeven"||"Price Tag"||"Price Tag"||"Firework"||Bootcamp challenge||Through to groups category [a]|
|Bootcamp 2||"Survivor" (with 'Faux Pas')||"Yeah 3x" (with 'Orion')||Free choice||Regrouped/through to judges' houses|
|Judges' houses||"Big Girls Don't Cry"||Through to live shows|
|"Cry Me a River"|
|Live show 1||"Super Bass"||Britain vs. America||Saved by Tulisa Contostavlos|
|Live show 2||"I'm Like a Bird"||Love and heartbreak||Safe (4th)|
|Live show 3||"Tik Tok"/"Push It"||Rock||Safe (6th)|
|Live show 4||"E.T."||Halloween||Safe (2nd)|
|Live show 5||"Don't Stop the Music"||Dancefloor fillers||Safe (4th)|
|Live show 6||"Telephone"/"Radio Ga Ga"||Lady Gaga vs. Queen||Safe (3rd)|
|Live show 7||"Don't Let Go (Love)"||Movies||Safe (1st)|
|Live show 8||"Baby"/"Where Did Our Love Go"||Guilty pleasures||Safe (2nd)|
|Semi-final||"You Keep Me Hangin' On"||Motown||Safe (1st)|
|"If I Were a Boy"||Songs to get you to the final|
|Final||"You've Got the Love"||Free choice||Safe (1st)|
|"If I Ain't Got You"/"Empire State of Mind" (with Tulisa Contostavlos)||Mentor duet|
|"Don't Let Go (Love)"||Favourite performance||Winner (1st)|
On 25 January 2012, the group made an appearance at the National Television Awards and performed the En Vogue song "Don't Let Go (Love)". They also accompanied fellow judges Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos on stage to receive the Best Talent Show award won by the The X Factor. In May 2012, Little Mix reportedly signed a deal with Vivid and Bravado to release their own range of products including dolls, puzzles, accessories and games.
The group performed the single "Wings" for the first time at the T4 on the Beach concert on 1 July. The single debuted at #1. On 31 August 2012, the group's autobiography entitled Ready to Fly was released by Harper Collins.
Their debut album, DNA, was released in November 2012. A second single, "DNA", was released in October, and in January 2013 they signed a record deal with Columbia Records in North America. "Wings" was released as their debut single in America on 5 February 2013. On 3 February 2013, they released "Change Your Life" as the third single from their debut album, which charted at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. On 4 March 2013, it was announced that "How Ya Doin'?" would be released as the fourth single from their debut album.
On 14 March 2013, Little Mix have revealed to Digital Spy that their second album would have a more R&B sound. Nelson added: "I personally want to put a lot more dancey stuff in there. As in, one of the songs that comes on in a club that makes you want to dance. Not that David Guetta sound, but more R&B - a bit like Eve and Gwen Stefani's "Let Me Blow Ya Mind". They also revealed that they would be starting to write material for the new album in the coming months.
On 21 March 2013, Little Mix revealed their next single, "How Ya Doin'?" will feature Grammy Award-winning musician, Missy Elliott. On 4 April 2013, the group revealed that Schwarzkopf hair dye Live Colour XXL would be promoted through their music video for How Ya Doin'? in a new sponorship deal.
Jessica Louise "Jesy" Nelson, born  is from Romford, London. Her first audition was "Bust Your Windows" by Jazmine Sullivan. Since joining Little Mix, she has faced cyber-bullying and struggled to cope during her time on The X Factor.14 June 1991 ,
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, born  is from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Pinnock comes from a Bajan and Jamaican background. Before joining Little Mix, she worked as a waitress in Pizza Hut. Her first audition was "Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna.4 October 1991 ,
- DNA (2012)
- The X Factor Live (2012)
- DNA Tour (2013)
Awards and nominations
|2012||Glamour Women of the Year Awards||Little Mix||
|2012||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Little Mix||Nominated|
|2012||4Music Video Honours||Little Mix||Nominated|
|2013||Virgin Media Awards||Little Mix||
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- "Ready To Fly! Little Mix reveal name and cover of their autobiography as they continue quest for world domination". Retrieved 21 June 2012.
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- "Little Mix sign US record deal with Columbia". Retrieved 9 January 2013.
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- Corner, Lewis (31 January 2013). "Little Mix debut new single 'Change Your Life' music video - watch". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Corner, Lewis (4 March 2013). "Little Mix to release 'How Ya Doin'?' as new single?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Copsey, Robert (14 March 2013). "Exclusive: Little Mix talk next album: 'It will be more R&B'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- Corcoran, Caroline (21 March 2013). "Little Mix have teamed up with Missy Elliott on their next single, 'It's incredible!' says Jesy". 3am & Mirror Online. mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "Happy Birthday Perrie Edwards! Here’s your best party looks…". Sugarscape. 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
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- Nickelodeon (2012). "Favourite UK Band". Viacom. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- Nickelodeon (2012). "Favourite UK Newcomer". Viacom. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- "4Music Video Honours 2012 Best Breakthrough". Retrieved 2012-11-02.
- "4Music Video Honours 2012 Best Group". Retrieved 2012-11-02.
|Awards and achievements|
|Winner of The X Factor