As with the now ultra famous contemporary boyband, One Direction, the 2011 winners of the X Factor, girlband Little Mix, also originally auditioned for the competition as solo performers, making it through to boot camp.
Although the individual performances of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall were good, they did not make it through to the next stage as solo artists. Instead, during boot camp, the judges putting Perrie & Jesy into the group Faux Pas and Leigh-Anne & Jade into the group Orion.
Both Faux Pas & Orion were not chosen to go through to the next stage of the competition, but again, the 4 girls impressed the judges, and they were asked if they would be prepared to join together as yet another girlband
They all jumped at the chance to go through to the Judges Houses section of the competition and Rhythmix was formed. They were subsequently chosen to go through to the live shows, mentored by judge Tulisa Contostavlos.
Rhythmix were placed in the bottom two of the first live show, but were saved by Tulisa. That was the only time that the band didn’t receive enough public votes to be ‘safe’ & after the 6th live show, they were never placed lower than second. They are the only girlband to progress further than the 7th live show, and the first ever winners from the groups category, beating Marcus Collins in the X Factor Final on 11th December.
Their debut winners’ single, a cover of the Damien Rice song, Cannonball, topped the UK singles chart on 18th December 2011. Their follow up single, Wings, was written by the band and released on 26th August 2012.
This becoming the fastest selling single by a group this year and topping the UK singles chart in it’s first week!
Their debut album, DNA, is due for release on 19th November 2012.
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