'X Factor U.K.'s' Little Mix Become First Ever Female Group To Win Series

3:21 AM PST 12/12/2011 by Mimi Turner
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The all-girl group, who have earned a recording contract with Simon Cowell, are being groomed to follow in the footsteps of The Spice Girls.

LONDON – X Factor creation Little Mix became the first girl group to win X Factor U.K. Sunday night and are being tipped as a potential successor to the likes of Girls Aloud, Destiny's Child and The Spice Girls.

The group, who formed during the U.K. show's audition process, are now being tipped for the Christmas number one for their new single “Cannonball.”

They have also won a recording contract with Simon Cowell, reportedly worth millions of dollars, which will see them launched in the U.S. and U.K.

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The quartet aged between 18 and 20, made up of Jade Thirwall, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Leigh Anne Pinnock, were mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos. They beat  Marcus Collins in the finale showdown filmed at Wembley Arena in North London, which included a guest performance from Coldplay.

"You are going to be the biggest girl band next year by far," X Factor judge Louis Walsh told the band after they were announced as winners of the 2011 competition. "You've got the vocals, you've got the chemistry - the public are going to love you."

On the U.S. version of X Factor, season 1's sole girl group Lakoda Rayne didn't fare nearly as well. The Paula Abdul-mentored foursome were eliminated in week 5.

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