X Factor Grand Final: Victory for Little Mix!
Marcus Collins raised the roof but Little Mix have made history as the first girl band to win the X Factor...
Thanks to all who took part in tonight's live blog.
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It was the closest X Factor Final in history and too tight to call but on the night, Little Mix snatched the crown from Marcus Collins and took the title of X Factor Winners 2011.
The show kicked off with both acts singing their song of the series. Marcus raised the roof with his rendition of Jackie Wilson's Higher and Higher while Little Mix nailed En Vogue's Don't Let Go. The judges gushed and compliments flew, "sensational", "amazing" - it was level pegging.
Next the hopefuls performed their favourite Christmas track and both were below par. Marcus enjoyed his performance of Wham's Last Christmas so much that he dropped a few notes but he sold it regardless, entertained the crowd and really got them involved. Little Mix opted for an emotional rendition of Silent Night but there were a few pitching problems. The audience were lost in the moment so didn't seem to mind but their acapella section could have been so much more.
Finally it all came down to the winners single. Both acts performed Damien Rice's Cannonball and although Marcus sang his heart out, the depth of the song was perfect for the girl's combined vocals - no competition. Dermot O'Leary revealed the winner and the ladies from Little Mix screamed and leapt on mentor Tulisa Contostavlos!
The girls were soon in tears, "thank you so much to everyone who voted, we can't believe this!" And when Dermot showed off their new single they near fainted, "oh my God!"
Marcus was humble in defeat, "I'm really proud of myself but these girls really deserve it they're amazing. I thought all of my performances went well, I really enjoyed them!" Mentor Gary Barlow was first to make Marcus smile, "we're going to keep in touch. I want to make sure this lad gets the right label, the right songs, the right songwriters and everything he needs."
Personally I was hoping for Collins to win, he's been the total package from the start but as they're both more than worthy, I wasn't disappointed when the girls took the crown. They're fresh, have the vocal ability and are current, we'll just have to see if they have the longevity?
Tulisa was overjoyed: "These girls are talented and they're beautiful and the UK loves them, I am over the moon!" As well as gushing about her act, the Little Mix mentor also revealed that she plans to record her duet from Saturday's show with the girls and add it to her album.
Congratulations to Little Mix!
Did the right act win?
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Pick and Mix (as I prefer to call them) certainly not my choice.
Only one (Perrie) can sing.
I am a professional song tutor and the other girls do not have the ability to sing in tune without the help of electronics.
Marcus is highly talented, with star quality and yet modest..
Never a bum note from him.
He will will certainly forge a career with Gary's help.
Pick and Mix will fade away (I hope!!)
Never mind Marcus, even though you were a better all round performer and singer (given the right song's) i'm sure you will do well in your new career. Good Luck you deserve it.
Now, what will we have to comment on, now the X Factor has finished as it seemed it was only this that kept MSN alive, even non watcher's came on to put their ten penneth's worth in.
No surprise really as the acts that have finished as runners-up in previous years have gone on to better things (Ollie Murs) although I have to give Little Mix great credit in that they have come from not being taken as individuals, to being a very good Girl band put together by the judges as a last resort
Thought Marcus was awesome and if he does not go on to be a great entertainer, then there is something seriously wrong somewhere. Best X Factor ever.
Critics can knock it for all they want, but The X-Factory would appear to have churned out yet another money spinning winner.
Whilst there is no doubt that Marcus is a good all round entertainer: his style seems too contrived; limited, and dated for him to take the nation >>> world by storm.
Little Mix alternatively appear to have far greater marketability: in that their image/musical style is current; trendy, and of a refreshing variety > which encompasses the most popular genres.....Moreover, unlike Marcus who would simply be competing with other Male solo performers > entertainers - who do the same sort of thing but do it rather better - Little Mix have been unleashed into a market which (in this country at least) is somewhat devoid of a top quality girl band: now that All Saints; The Spice Girls, and to some extent The Sugar Babes, and Girls Aloud are gone from the scene (in limbo).
I think young people (women especially) will tend to more identify with Little Mix than Marcus, and be more interested in what they are doing, and what they have to say.
I'm sure Marcus will have some sort of career, but I don't really see him going tripple platinum, or selling out stadiums......He may struggle to do much better than Leon Jackson, and consequently could find himself disappearing from the popular music scene quickly......save for appearances here & there in West End Shows; clubs; on cruise ships, etc....???
I can see Little mix contrastingly being huge in this country, and even internationally.....Bettering One Direction, and rivaling JLS.
As I said previously....I also think that huge things could happen to Janet Devlin.....if she decides to seriously pursue the potentiality of a career in the music industry, and not singing > playing as something to either do all alone in her bedroom at home, or in her quiet local pub at weekends?
She would need to find the right agent & manager, and be prepared to work a lot harder than she ever did on The X-Factor!
little mix what a FIX!!!!!! Marcus should have won he is a good all round entertainer with a lovely voice, all i can see with little mix is another girls aloud and they were a load of crap too, oh god please save my ears from thier whinning pleeeese!!!!
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