The group consists of Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall.
The X Factor
With help from their mentor, Tulisa Contostavlos, the group built up a strong fanbase with their excellent vocal harmonies, strong performances . By reaching the quarter final stage, they became the longest-surviving girl group to compete on the show and made it to the final alongside Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily.
Following the latter''s elimination on the first night, they went head-to-head with Marcus Collins and when the results were announced they made history by becoming the first group ever to win the original series in its eight-year history. They released their first single, a cover of the Damien Rice song "Cannonball", that same day via digital download. A physical copy of the single, which will also contain 3 of the group's best performances from the show, was released in stores on December 14, 2011. "Cannonball" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Charts four days later on December 18, 2011.
Post The X Factor
On January 25, 2012 during a backstage interview at the National Television Awards, they confirmed that they had been writing songs and had plans on releasing a new single.On May 30, 2012 during a live stream via Twitcam, the ladies announced that their debut single will be called "Wings". They then released a lyric video of the song on their VEVO channel on July 1, 2012 followed by the music video on July 25, 2012. The song has since hit number 1 on the UK Singles Charts and has earned mostly positive reviews. Thanks to the ladies signing a deal with Columbia Records on January 8, 2013, "Wings" was released as their first single in the United States.Their debut album, DNA, was released on November 19, 2012 in the UK and on May 28, 2013 in the US.
Their second album, Salute, was released on November 8, 2013 in the UK and released on February 4, 2014 in the US.
Their third album, Get Weird, was be released on November 6, 2015 and will feature their 2015 single, Black Magic, along with Love Me Like You, Secret Love Song, Lightning, I Won't, Grown, and Let Go.
From March to August 2016, they embarked on the Get Weird Tour which spanned 60 dates in Europe, Australia and Asia. In October, they released the lead single from their upcoming fourth studio album, entitled "Shout Out to My Ex", which became their fourth chart topper in their homeland and as a result has made them the most successful winners of the show.
They returned to The X Factor twice during the show's 13th series to perform. Their performance on the second night of the live final saw them wearing leotards and dancing suggestively, attracting much criticism on social media from people who didn't feel it was right that they were sexing up their image when they had such a young fanbase.
Nearly six years on from their win, they remain one of the biggest acts to emerge from the series.
- Cannonball (2011) (winner's single)
- Wings (2012)
- DNA (2012)
- Change Your Life (2013)
- How Ya Doin'? (2013)
- Move (2013)
- Little Me (2013)
- Word Up! (2014)
- Salute (2014)
- Black Magic (2015)
- Love Me Like You (2015)
- Secret Love Song (2015)
- Hair (2016)
- Shout Out to My Ex (2016)
- Touch (2017)
- No More Sad Songs (2017)
- Power (2017)
- Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos) (2017)
|Series 8 Finalists|
|Amelia Lily • Craig Colton • Frankie Cocozza • James Michael • Janet Devlin • Johnny Robinson • Jonjo Kerr • Kitty Brucknell • Little Mix • Marcus Collins • Misha B • Nu Vibe • Sami Brookes • Sophie Habibis • The Risk • 2 Shoes|
|The X Factor UK Winners|
|Steve Brookstein • Shayne Ward • Leona Lewis • Leon Jackson • Alexandra Burke • Joe McElderry • Matt Cardle • Little Mix • James Arthur • Sam Bailey • Ben Haenow • Louisa Johnson • Matt Terry|