Little Mix aka Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall were the first girl band to win The X Factor last night. They made X Factor history as they became the first group ever to win the ITV talent show. Screaming with delight as they were told they had won the show, the girls burst into tears before speaking to host Dermot O’Leary.
Simon Cowell, who has been absent from this year’s panel, was quick to congratulate the girls, writing on his Twitter page: ‘Congratulations to @LIttleMixOffic . And Paula as you can see, groups can win this show! I was really hoping a group would win this year. @OfficialTulisa has done a great job. These girls could be stars.’ Little Mix have now released their cover of Damien Rice’s Cannonball as their winner’s single, and are hoping to clinch the coveted Christmas number one spot with the track. Irish singer Rice reached number 32 on the UK Singles Chart back in 2003 with Cannonball, the second single from his debut album O. Rice then re-released the track in 2004, hitting number 19 in the UK and 21 in Ireland. However, many fans took to Twitter before the results were announced to speculate that the decision had already been made, after the Marks and Spencer Christmas advert featured Little Mix at the end instead of Amelia Lily, who had featured at the end before.
One fan tweeted: ‘Well its obvious little mix were gonna win , they were the ones at the end of the marks and spencer advert.’
While another added: ‘How can Marks and Spencer’s know that little mix have won before we do?’
I’m chuffed that Little Mix has won. It didn’t really shock nor surprise me when it was announced on Twitter that they had won. I hope they do kick ass and do better than a whole host of other winners of the X Factor in previous years. Remember Matt Cardle? his latest song is a pile of pants and Joe McElderry, what’s happened to him? Hopefully these girls can kick that X Factor curse up the backside and do well. It’s a change to have a girl group that can sing rather than mime. The last time a girl group had such success on a reality show was when Girls Aloud were created on Popstars: The Rivals back in 2002. Following their performance, Louis said: ‘I’m going to predict Tulisa that this time next year, this is going to be the biggest girl group in the UK by a mile. Girls, amazing, but you need the votes!’ The aim as it’s been predicted is for Simon Cowell to make them even bigger than the Spice Girls. Girl Power.
But already it’s been predicted that there is little chance of Little Mix making it to Christmas number one with their version of CannonBall as the Military Wives’ single became the most pre-ordered music product of all time at Amazon.co.uk. The charity offering has outstripped the previous record holder – Take That’s Progress album – by a margin of three to one.
Profits from the track – masterminded by choirmaster Gareth Malone – will go to Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) charities.
The project helped 100 wives of Royal Marines cope with the worrying time of their husband’s six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. The choirmaster formed the group at the Marines’ base in Chivenor, Devon. One member Samantha Stevenson explained: “The choir gave us a voice to say ‘look we are here as well and we’re trying to cope’.” They created the track, released next Monday, with top composer Paul Mealor — who wrote the music for William and Kate’s wedding. The song’s lyrics are taken from emotional letters the choir wrote to their husbands and boyfriends serving in the war zone. Champs Little Mix are set to earn a staggering £8million from massive deals after winning the show. Simon Cowell plans to make Tulisa Contostavols’ girl band global superstars. But their £150,000 record deal advance will be dwarfed by lucrative contracts with major brands.
As much as I’d love to see Little Mix kick butt and get to this years Christmas number 1, I really do hope that The Military Wives go all the way and become number 1 this Christmas. What do you think?