The Throwback Little Mix Moments That’ll Make You Aww Like Crazy

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The Little Mix girls were THE underdogs of The X Factor (UK), Season 8. Boot camp wasn’t a strong suit for Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock or Perrie Edwards, and even in separate groups — Perrie and Jesy were a part of four-member group Faux Pas, while Jade and Leigh-Anne were placed in three-member group Orion — they failed to make it through to the judges’ houses. It wasn’t until Rhythmix was formed that the foursome moved on to bigger and better things.

Now, post-Rhythmix (due to copyright issues), the world has fallen in love with Little Mix. Still, we can’t forget the girls’ humble beginnings. So, for today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re taking a look at the ladies’ original auditions for the eighth season of The X Factor:

Jade Thirlwall — Like Liam Payne before her, Jade auditioned multiple times for The X Factor. Her first attempt was in 2008 when she was 15; then she tried again in 2010; she was sent home both times for lack of confidence (something she would have little to no problems with in just a few years). Then, in 2011, she kicked butt with a Beatles tune, which helped her on her way to greatness.

SONG CHOICE: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles

Jesy Nelson — Although judge Gary Barlow was not impressed with Jesy’s “generic” vocals, the other two judges at the Glasgow auditions, Tulisa Contostavalos and Louis Walsh were all she needed to make it through to boot camp. And thank god she did!

SONG CHOICE: “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan

Leigh-Anne Pinnock — The fierce LAP was actually sick at her audition in London! She said, “I was ill and I thought I`m never going to get through, but I went out there and just went for it.” Clearly, it paid off.

SONG CHOICE: “Only Girl (in the World)” by Rihanna

Perrie Edwards — You can thank Kelly Rowland for Perrie moving onto the next round; Tulisa liked her, but didn’t love her and Louis just didn’t “get it. Meanwhile, the former Destiny’s Child singer absolutely praised Perrie’s performance, so she moved on to boot camp.

SONG CHOICE: “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morisette

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