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16 November 2012, 09:59
Ahead of their performance at this year's Jingle Bell Ball, join Capital as we take a look back at Little Mix's first year in pop, from their days as contestants on The X Factor to releasing their debut album and preparing for their first headline tour. This one's for you Mixers!
Hailing from South Shields in Tyne and Wear, 18 year-old Perrie wowed judges with her audition of the memorable Alanis Morissette classic 'You Oughta Know', giving the judges the easy choose of sending the future Little Mix star through to Bootcamp.
Romford-born Jesy showed off plenty of swagger and attitude when she sang 'Bust Your Windows' by Jazmine Sullivan, which got her straight through to bootcamp without any argument from Gary, Tulisa, Louis or Kelly.
Leigh-Anne wowed the 2011 judging panel with her performance of 'Only Girl (In The World)' by Rihanna when she took to the stage at The X Factor UK auditions.
Then 18 year-old Jade auditioned for the show in both 2008 and 2010 before making it through to bootcamp on The X Factor UK in 2011, which would eventually lead her to joining one of the biggest UK girl bands.
The four young singers were eventually put together as a girl group ready for the Judges' Houses stage of The X Factor and were soon selected by new judge Tulisa Contostavlos as one of her finalists for the 2011 series.
After just a handful of live shows under their original moniker, the girl band were forced to rename themselves following a legal dispute with a charity, leading to the girls rechristening themselves as Little Mix. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Perrie, Jesy, Jade and Leigh-Anne continued to make an impression on The X Factor UK as the show went on throughout winter 2011, eventually making it all the way to the show's live final at Wembley.
The four girls impressed both the judges and the UK public throughout the 2011 series and went on to be crowned champions during the final against Amelia Lily and Marcus Collins.
The UK four-piece released a cover of Damian Rice's popular hit 'Cannonball' as their winner's single, and first release as a group, and went on to score a number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40.
The 'Cannonball' four-piece got their first taste of life on the road when they joined acts like Amelia Lily, Kitty Brucknell and Craig Colton on the annual X Factor UK live tour.
Back in January 2012 the four girls got to perform live at the National Television Awards and opted to perform their popular cover of the En Vogue classic 'Don't Let Go (Love)'.
The 'Wings' stars got the chance to pick up the show's award for Best Talent Show at the National Television Awards when they joined judges Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos on stage.
The four girls got dolled up to make their BRITs debut back in early 2012 when they joined some of pop music's elite at the annual awards show.
The four girls opened up about their road to success and shared lots of juicy stories with all of their Mixers in their first published book Little Mix : Ready To Fly.
In Summer 2012, Little Mix scored a massive hit with their first original single 'Wings', which went on to give them their second number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40.
In November 2012 Little Mix will arrive with their debut studio album 'DNA' after working with some of the best writers and producers in the industry over the past twelve months.
The 'DNA' four-piece will hit the road on their first ever headline tour of the UK which begins at the end of January next year in Nottingham.
The girl band showed off their edgy side in the dark themed video for the third single from their album of the same name, masterminding a kidnapping plot to teach the men of their dreams a lesson they will never forget.
Just in time for Christmas the Little Mix girls have been immortalised as a range of toy dolls in each of their likenesses. Picture: Barcroft Media
Almost one year after winning the 2011 series Little Mix returned to the ITV1 talent show to showcase everything they've learned in the past twelve months. The girls sang their latest single 'DNA' for the judges and live studio audience, with former mentor Tulisa Contostavlos giving the girls a huge cheer from her seat on the panel. Picture: Rex
The 'DNA' four-piece have been confirmed to take to the stage at London O2 Arena for day one of the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball 2012!