The foursome became the first group in the singing show's history to take home the title
Delighted girl group Little Mix broke X Factor records last night, as they became the first group in the singing show’s history to take home the winners title.
The foursome, mentored by X Factor newcomer Tulisa Contosavlos, beat Liverpool hairdresser Marcus Collins to the title, and dissolved into tears in front of a whopping 10,000-strong audience at London’s Wembley arena as they heard the news.
Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock wowed the crowds with a series of hit songs over the weekend, including En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go and festive favourite Silent Night, as well as winner’s single, Damien Rice hit Cannon Ball.
And despite a string of show-stopping songs from rival Marcus, the girls were finally awarded the X Factor crown.
Struggling to contain their excitement, the tearful band members gushed ‘wow’ and ‘oh my god’ before telling show host Dermot: ‘This is never going to sink in. We can never thank the public enough for voting for us.
‘We are just so so grateful and thankful to everyone who voted and to everyone backstage.’
Graceful runner up Marcus Collins revealed the ‘amazing’ girls ‘really deserve’ the X Factor title, while their proud mentor Tulisa gushed: ‘I think I wanted them to win more than they did.’
Despite being absent from this year’s panel, show boss Simon Cowell took straight to Twitter to offer his congratulations to the girls, Tweeting: ‘Congratulations to @LIttleMixOffic . And Paula as you can see, groups can win this show! I was really hoping a group would win this year. @OfficialTulisa has done a great job. These girls could be stars.’
It’s thought Little Mix will now battle for this year’s Christmas number one, hoping to avoid the same fate as 2009 winner Joe McElderry, who was tipped to the top spot by rock group Rage Against the Machine.
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