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‘X Factor’ U.K. Winners Little Mix Are the First Girl Group to Take Home Grand Prize

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Do you miss the glory days of ’90s girl power pop, and the hits of artists like Destiny’s Child and the Spice Girls? Good news: Little Mix is here to bring those sounds back, and they’ve got a U.K. ‘X Factor‘ crown to help them on their way.

The pop quartet were crowned champions of the current season of ‘X Factor’ last night (Dec. 11), becoming the first girl group to win on the show. By winning the grand prize, Little Mix earn a recording contract with veteran starmaker Simon Cowell. Their win comes as their new single, ‘Cannonball,’ is poised to go to No. 1 on the U.K. charts.

Made up of Jade Thirwall, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Leigh Anne Pinnock, the group overcame its members’ early elimination from the contest and a dispute over their original name to emerge triumphant in the final round.

“You are going to be the biggest girl band next year by far,” said judge Louis Walsh after Little Mix were announced as the season champs. “You’ve got the vocals, you’ve got the chemistry — the public are going to love you.”

Little Mix now heads to the studio to work on its first album, with ‘Take That’ singer Gary Barlow among the writers already tabbed to contribute songs.

Watch Little Mix Perform ‘Cannonball’ on the U.K. ‘X Factor’ Finale

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