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Little Mix win this year’s ‘X Factor’

Quartet become first girl band to win singing competition

Little Mix have won this year’s X Factor.

The four-piece, put together at the boot camp stage after each member had unsuccesfful auditions as solo artists, beat Liverpool hairdresser Marcus Collins to be crowned champions of the series.

The band consists of Jesy Nelson, 20, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 19, and Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall, both 18, who hail from Romford, High Wycombe and South Shields respectively.

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After the announcement Jade said: “Thanks to everyone that voted, we’re so grateful.”

Jesy commented: “This is never going to sink in.”

Asked how he felt to finish second, a gracious Marcus said: “I’m really proud of myself, and these girls are amazing. They really deserve it.

“I felt my performances went well, I was pleased with them. Thank you everyone that voted.”

On Saturday’s live show, they performed Jay-Z and Alicia Keys‘ ‘Empire State Of Mind’ with mentor Tulisa. Collins, meanwhile, performed Billy Joel‘s ‘She’s Always A Woman To Me’ with Gary Barlow, and Amelia Lily, voted off at the end of Saturday’s edition, performed Ike & Tina Turner‘s ‘River Deep Mountain High’.

Little Mix closed the show with a second performance of their single Cannonball, a cover of Damien Rice‘s acoustic ballad.

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