Little Mix The Search: When did Little Mix win The X Factor?
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Award-winning girl band Little Mix are looking for a brand new act to support them on their 2021 Confetti world tour. Little Mix has been together for almost a decade, have released five albums and won two BRIT Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, five Global Awards, two Glamour Awards and have earned nine Brit Award nominations. However, there was a time before Little Mix were on the music scene. When did Little Mix win The X Factor?
When did Little Mix win The X Factor?
Little Mix: The Search continues this Saturday and Sunday (October, 10 and 11) on BBC One.
The series sees six groups – a Boy Band, a Girl Dance Group, a Girl Vocal Group, a Mixed Group, a Vocal & Instrument Group and a Rap R&B Group – to become Little Mix’s support act.
Little Mix will decide the final line up for each band, who will then live together and have access to Little Mix’s vocal coaches, songwriters, choreographers and producers.
The girls will also act as mentors throughout the process.
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Little Mix knows exactly what it is like to be in the contestant positions, having all auditioned for talent shows in the past.
In 2011, X Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock auditioned as solo artists for eight series of The X Factor.
Unfortunately, they did not make it past boot camp as solo artists but thankfully, Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland saw their potential.
The girls were then placed into two separate groups at the group Bootcamp stage, with Perrie and Jesy in a four-member girl band named Faux Pas and Jade and Leigh-Anne in a three-person group named Orion.
Both groups failed to make it through to the next stage, but the judges decided to put Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Jade together as four and send them to judges houses.
They were mentored by Tulisa and were the first group to win the competition.
They have been the only female group to win the competition to date.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk and other press, the girls of Little Mix explained why Little Mix: The Search is different from other talent shows.
Jade said: “It’s authentic and obviously, we’ve literally been in this position ourselves.
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“I feel like you can relate a lot more than that shows when people are watching it.
“I think it’s just really fresh and young, and cool. You really get an insight into the four of us and how we gel together in our personalities and stuff.
“So it’s really fun to watch it as well as getting to see some incredible talent.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock reflected on what it was like to take the judging seat instead of auditioning.
She said: “Being judged is definitely more stressful. I think it’s more like having their lives in your hands.
“That is a massive responsibility. And you can’t really prepare yourself for that.
“It’s intense, basically judging and like saying no, and kind of having their dreams in your hands. “
She added: “I feel like we really do give amazing advice and constructive criticism.
“And I feel like they have such a good experience on the show. Like even if they don’t get through. And it’s something they can take away with them.”
Pinnock continued: “We didn’t really have [aftercare] on the show that we came from so, it was so important for us to make sure we had that in place.
“Because, I mean, we’ve all had no’s in our lifetime and it really does affect you.
“And I think what we want is to encourage them to try again and come back.
“Because it’s not over. Because you get one no… that does not mean by any means is that is over at all.
“It’s really important that we put that in place. Definitely.”
Jesy added: “I think instantly they [performers[ just feel at ease anyway because it’s us. And I think we instantly put them at ease.
“They also know we’ve been in the exact same experiences then so
that also makes them feel a bit like okay, so they understand that.
“That [aftercare] was so important to us and there is nothing worse than walking into an audition. Honestly, I just think it’s, it’s the worst experience ever.
“So we made it as fun as possible.”
Little Mix: The Search airs Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One
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