Little Mix have made history as they were crowned winners of X Factor 2011 being the first band to win the talent show. The girlband were stunned, screaming with excitement, shock and bursting into tears as they were told by host Dermot O’Leary.
Members Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix beat their rivalry act Marcus Collins after performing a series of tracks on the final show.
Finding it hard to control their delight of winning the ITV1 talent show, Leigh – Anne told Dermot in in amazement: “Oh my gosh, wow!”
Jesy added: “This is never going to sink in. We can never thank the public enough for voting for us.”
Jade said: “I’m so grateful. Thank you for everybody who voted.”
As Perrie said: “Oh my gosh, that’s insane.”
The girlband have released their debut single which is a cover of Damien Rice’s Cannonball as their winner’s single, hoping to hit the number one spot on the charts with the track.
Marcus and Little Mix commenced the talent show with a performance of Rihanna and Calvin Harris’s We Found Love. They were then joined by the contestants that had gotten through the talent show but booted out throughout the competition.
The remaining acts sing We Found Love commencing the show
The Risk, Nu Vibe, Two Shoes, Misha B, Sophie Habibis, Janet Devlin and Goldie Cheung then joined the final remaining acts singing a mix- up of Swear, Shuffling and Jennifer Lopez’s On The Floor.
Sami Brookes and Johnny Robinson then followed with Moves Like Jagger, then joined by Craig Colton as Kitty Brucknell stood on the judges tables as she sang Lady Gaga’s The Edge Of Glory with Amelia Lily who closely missed out on a place in the final.
Frankie Cocozza was however not seen to be performing on stage alongside them after he admitted to taking cocaine during his time on the show.
Marcus gave his first solo performance dressed in a bright pink shirt, jacket and matching bright shoes with an entertaining lively version of his favourite track of the series, Jackie Wilson’s (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher as he was joined with a full gospel choir.
Marcus takes to the stage to sing his first song Higher and Higher
Louis was the first to comment on his performance saying: “You’re a born little pop star.”
Tulisa added: “That was definitely your best song of the series. You looked like a little star up there.”
Kelly said: “First of all, you lifted this crowd this evening higher and higher. And I hope you have enjoyed every minute of the time you were here and I hope you know how bright and big your future is. I’m so in love with you and I’m so happy you got this far.”
Whilst Marcus’s mentor Gary Barlow told him: “Once again well done and congrats on another amazing performance. In the history of The X Factor I can’t remember a finalist or a winner who takes hold of the stage like you do and shines even amongst 40 people.”
Marcus sings with an acompanied by a full gospel choir
Marcus expressed why he chose to sing the particular track as he said: “Performing higher and higher was a real moment for me on the show, it was one of my favourite performances on the whole series. It’s such an important song to me, it gives me such a boost every time I hear it.”
Little Mix then gave their first performance of the show, choosing to cover Don’t Let Go. The judges were on hand to give their judgment on the performance with Louis saying: “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!”
Little Mix chose to perform Don’t Let G
Kelly was seen to be overwhelmed with tears as she said: “I’m sorry I’m crying but I’m just so happy for y’all because I remember where you started. I love you guys, congratulations.’
As Gary added: “I’m so happy tonight that you came back with that song, great performance, well done.”
Mentor Tulisa thanked those who voted to keep them in the competition and complimented them on their performance saying: “Girls, amazing. I want to thank everyone at home who picked up the phone and kept you in each week. You picked up the phone because you wanted them to win so those votes meant nothing unless you pick up the phone right now. Vote for Little Mix!”
Speaking of why they had chosen to sing that specific track in the final, Leigh-Anne said: “When we performed that for the first time, we felt like we came together as a group.”
The girls looked speechless at the comments from the judges
Jesy added: “It was so fun but it still felt powerful at the same time. We are so excited to be given the chance to sing this song again.”
And Leigh-Anne said: “To do it in front of thousands of people at Wembley, the adrenaline is going to make us sing it even better.”
After each act gave their first performance, they got ready to give their second choosing to perform a choice of a Christmas festive classic.
Marcus sang a cover of Wham!’s single Last Christmas encouraging the audience to sing along with him.
Subsequently afterwards Louis said: “Every week you bring something new and you are always happy, you’re always smiling and you’re always grateful – you’re work ethic is amazing.”
Tulisa added: “This has been such a long journey for the contestants, for the judges. I think we’ve been so caught up in it that we forgot It’s Christmas! But you reminded us.”
Kelly said: “What a great early Christmas gift, ho ho ho. Marcus, I just love you and I’m so happy for you once again. Congratulations.”
And mentor Gary concluded: “I’m going to do something I haven’t done all series and I’m going to ask the whole nation to vote for you tonight. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it has been to work with you, it has made the series for me.”
Little Mix take to the stage to sing Christmas festive track Silent Night
Personalised jumpers of their band name imprinted
All judges gave their last comments to the girlband with Louis saying: “Girls, after that performance, we know we’ve got something special. We have four lead singers in a girl band and that hasn’t happened for a long time before. It’s almost like you were meant to be together – it just works. Little Mix, big future!”
Kelly said: “You girls sounded so great on that record. Merry fricking Christmas. And I love your sweaters.”
Gary gave a humble response saying: “Simple, beautiful, emotional and very Christmassy.”
Whilst proud mentor Tulisa said: “Girls, I have pretty much said all I can say but I just want to say again how proud of you I am from the bottom of my heart. You have done so well and who says that a girl group can’t win the X Factor – I believe you can do it.”
First guest performance Westlife gave their last performance on the show as they announced earlier this year they would be splitting up with a followed – up farewell tour singing What About Now.
It was then time for both acts to sing the winner’s single, Cannonball.
Marcus sang the track first and received his last comments from the judges with Louis saying: “Another powerful vocal performance. If I was looking for the perfect pop star I would get you. All you need now is votes.”
Tulisa said: “You really do have everything – the voice, the star quality, the personality and one of the most beautiful smiles I have ever seen.”
Kelly said: “That was such a beautiful, emotional performance tonight and I can tell how bad you want this and I want this for you.”
And Gary said: “Congratulations, what a performance that was. I would never have picked that song for you but you sing it so beautifully.”
Marcus was then shown messages from his family, friends and singer Robbie Williams who said: “Marcus, you are amazing and you are going to be an awesome artist.”
Whilst his mother Tracy said how proud she was of him getting far in the talent show: “I just wanted to say how very proud of you I am. Who would have believed you would be standing here in the final. You’re my little boy and I do hope that that little boy goes on to become a really big star because you deserve it.”
Little Mix then took their turn to sing the track with approaching with more of an acoustic style keeping it sophisticated.
After singing the record, the girls fought to keep hold of their emotions as Louis said: “Well girls, we’re all getting emotional is because four little pop princesses have been born. We need some girl power, you deserve the votes.”
The girls tried to control their emotions after hearing the comments
Kelly followed Louis saying: “Ladies, congratulations. Thinking about how far you have come, look at how dynamic you are collectively.”
Gary said: “Well done, you twisted this song and made into a Little Mix song which is hard to do.”
Lastly Tulisa gave each band member of the group an individual message: “Jade, you are the most adorable person I have ever known, Jesy, you are inspiring, Leigh-Anne, you remind me of myself years ago and Perrie, you were born a star.”
The girls were then shown messages from family, friends and celebrities including Holly Willoughby and Jessie J.
Little Mix single Cannonball is out now
Little Mix With Mentor Tulisa After being announced winners of X Factor 2011
Before the X Factor winner was announced second guest performers were Coldplay singing two of their single Charlie Brown and Paradise.