Belle Amie were an English-Irish four-piece girl group originally consisting of Sophia Wardman, Rebecca Creighton, Esther Campbell and Geneva Lane. They were part of the Groups category mentored by Simon Cowell and made it to Week 4, where they were eliminated in 11th place.
The X Factor
The ladies of Belle Amie all auditioned separately, but at the bootcamp stage the judges didn't let them through. They, like fellow group One Direction, were given another chance as a group and were put through to Judges' Homes. At Judges' Homes, they were in Simon Cowell's category and they sang "Faith". Cowell let them through to the Live Shows. In Week One, they sang "Airplanes". In Week Two, they sang "You Really Got Me". They were in the bottom two alongside Diva Fever and sang "Big Girls Don't Cry". Diva Fever were eliminated based on the judge's votes. In Week Three they sang "I'll Stand By You". In Week Four, they sang "Venus" and were in the bottom two with Katie Waissel. They sang "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson and were eliminated via Deadlock.
Post X Factor
A week after their elimination Belle Amie performed alongside Series 5 favorite Diana Vickers at G-A-Y, a popular London nightclub. They later said in an interview that they did plan to stay together and work on music together.
Departure of Geneva Lane
In January 2011, it was reported that member Geneva Lane had left the group. She stated in an interview that while she enjoyed her time in the group she realized that it wasn't what she really wanted and wanted to go back to being in a live band and work on her songwriting.
Record deal and first single
Two months after Lane left, Belle Amie, now a trio, released a snippet of their first single, "Girls Up", in March 2011 and had also signed a deal with Dodient Records. "Girls Up" was officially released via digital download and CD single on August 28, 2011. The single was successful, peaking at number 25 on the UK Singles Chart. The girls posted a mash-up version on their YouTube channel, which earned them praise from American gossip blogger Perez Hilton.
Departure of Rebecca Creighton and new lineup
On April 13, 2012, member Rebecca Creighton announced that she was leaving the group to pursue a solo career, leaving only Esther Campbell and Sophia Wardman as the only two original members left. In mid-2013, singers Jessica Batist and Clarissa White joined the group. Their debut album, Fresh Girl, was released on July 12, 2014.
Soon after the release of Fresh Girl, Belle Amie disbanded.
- Fresh Girl (2014)
- "Girls Up" (2011)
|UK Series 7 Finalists|
|Aiden Grimshaw • Belle Amie • Cher Lloyd • Diva Fever • F.Y.D. • Katie Waissel • Mary Byrne • Matt Cardle • Nicolò Festa • One Direction • Paije Richardson • Rebecca Ferguson • Storm Lee • Treyc Cohen • Wagner|