The adorably awesome Little Mix beat all the odds and became the first girl group to win the singing competition. For that matter, they’re the first group ever to win the title. Heading into the competition, Little Mix members Jade Thirwell, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson entered as solo artists. After boot camp, the four ladies were put together by mentor Tulisa Contostavlos. Much like what Paula Abdul did with Lakoda Rayne on the US version of “The X Factor”.
Even though we haven’t covered Series 8 of the UK version, I wanted to quickly chat about the winners, Little Mix. They definitely deserve the mention. Mark my words, these girls are going to kill it and crossover to the US market. They remind me of a modern day TLC meets En Vogue girl group. The music landscape is definitely missing something like these girls in the market. I love the fact that they’re a girl group without being overly-sexualized. Definitely no Pussycat Dolls here. Given their collective petite stature, the girls are so cute you just want to pinch them. I wish them the best and no doubt they’re going to achieve success beyond their dreams.
I really hope the US version of “The X Factor” really grows into their own. The talent on the UK version is beyond amazing. Even their “joke act” of the year, Goldie Cheung, was more entertaining than Dexter Haywood tenfold. The way the almost-fifty something Chinese singer flirted with judge Gary Barlow cracked me up. Don’t even get me started with her vomit and fan choreography antics. That woman was television gold.
Earlier I mentioned, that Little Mix reminds me of TLC and En Vogue. Fittingly enough, the girls sang a wicked cover of one of En Vogue’s signature songs. They slayed it during their performance of “Don’t Let Go” from the Set It Off soundtrack. They had so many great numbers to choose from, but this was by far my favorite. Check it out if you haven’t seen it before. Perrie (far left) and Jade (far right) in the video are my favorites.
Competing in the two-day final were Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily, mentored by Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland respectively. For the first night, each finalist performed a duet with their mentor. All three did fantastic jobs delivering memorable duets.
Just in case you were wondering, Marcus Collins finished second and Amelia Lily in third. The latter’s placing was remarkably amazing considering she was eliminated after the first live round. Due to the fact a contestant later withdrew voluntarily, the show brought back one eliminated contestant based on viewer votes. Lily was the recipient of that second chance.
I also wanted to share one of my favorite also-rans in the competition. I debated highlighting the fabulous Misha B or The Risk. In the end, the boy band won for two reasons. One, they’re as cute as sh*t and two, they were put through the ringer during the competition.
First, Tulisa broke up two groups and picked the best singers to form one strong group during the judges’ home round. Then, after the Halloween-themed episode, one of their members decided to leave the group. Tulisa filled the vacant spot with another singer from yet another eliminated group. Lastly, The Risk fell victim to a double elimination twist. Considering they were never in jeopardy in previous weeks, this shocked everyone.
PS. I love that the UK version reveals the voting results from each week once the competition is done. It’s interesting to see how some frontrunners crash and burn, while underdogs gain momentum and make the finals. Check out my favorite number from “The Risk“. I really hope they stay together and release an album. I’d buy anything they’re selling.
For more UK X Factor videos, head over to http://www.youtube.com/user/TheXFactorUK.