Monday 24 July 2017

Why Little Mix won't be ditching their famously racy outfits anytime soon

Little Mix with their Official Number 1 Award for new single Shout Out To My Ex. copyright holder.
Little Mix with their Official Number 1 Award for new single Shout Out To My Ex. copyright holder.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Perri Edwards of 'Little Mix' perform during the V Festival at Hylands Park on August 21, 2016 in Chelmsford, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Little Mix attend the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards
Little Mix's (L-R) Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock have announced a 2017 Irish tour
Jade Thirlwall (left), Perrie Edwards (second left), Jesy Nelson (right) and Leigh-Anne Pinnock (second right) of Little Mix arriving for the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
(L-R) Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix perform at Hollister Co. on August 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
(left to right) Leigh Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards of Little Mix attending the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, held at the SSE Wembley Arena in London
Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards of 'Little Mix' launch their new fragrance 'Wishmaker' at Lakeside Shopping Centre on July 27, 2016 in Thurrock, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
(from left) Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix arrive on the red carpet for the BBC Music Awards at the Genting Arena, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 10, 2015. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock from Little Mix attend the Pride of Britain awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on September 28, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Little Mix arriving at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards

Chart-toppers Little Mix have said they only wear what they feel comfortable in following criticism about the group's racy outfits during their performance on X Factor.

The girl band, who scored a number one with break-up anthem Shout Out To My Ex on Friday, faced criticism after performing the single on the show last week.

But band member Jade Thirlwall said they had total control over their outfits and did not really know what "the big deal" was.

Speaking on the red carpet at Radio 1's Teen Awards, where they are set to perform, she told the Press Association: "It's all us. We're comfortable in what we wear.

Little Mix attend the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards
Little Mix attend the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards

"We know what we are wearing and to be honest we were like - we don't really know what the big deal was. It was really weird."

She added: "Every woman that I've spoken to has said 'yes girl'.

"We don't see what the problem is. And I think everyone's got to have something to say - so they picked that one."

Little Mix will be joined by Jess Glynne, DNCE, The Vamps, Shawn Mendes, and special guests for the seventh annual awards ceremony at the SSE Wembley Arena.

(from left) Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix arrive on the red carpet for the BBC Music Awards at the Genting Arena, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 10, 2015. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
(from left) Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix arrive on the red carpet for the BBC Music Awards at the Genting Arena, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 10, 2015. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

More than 9,000 14 to 17 year olds are expected to attend the awards, which recognise the selflessness and bravery of the UK's young unsung heroes and also honour stars in the music, entertainment, online and sporting industries.

Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the Teen Heroes of 2016 to Kensington Palace for a reception ahead of the ceremony.

The group, who were joined by Radio 1 DJ's Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo and Greg James, were praised by Prince William for being "shining lights" for their peers.

James described his meeting the royals as "bizarre".

Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Perri Edwards of 'Little Mix' perform during the V Festival at Hylands Park on August 21, 2016 in Chelmsford, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Perri Edwards of 'Little Mix' perform during the V Festival at Hylands Park on August 21, 2016 in Chelmsford, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Speaking on the red carpet, he said: "They were just incredible. They were so lovely and I had this mad job of having to meet them at their front door - of their own house - and brief them about the Teen Awards.

"I said 'Lovely to meet you Sir, lovely to meet you Mam' and I said 'I'm Greg'.

"And he said, 'Yes I know who you are I listen to your show every now and again'.

James added that the couple "put everyone at ease immediately".

"I just thought I'd like to go for a beer with you - or maybe the cricket in the summer," he said.

Also speaking ahead of the ceremony, former Strictly Come Dancing contestant and Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills said he thinks Ed Balls should enhance his tan on the show.

The former politician took the plunge and had his first fake tan on Friday in preparation for his performance in the ballroom this week. But Mills was unimpressed: "I watched it last night and I was definitely like - he could do it darker.

"I didn't even think he had a tan on last night."

Surprise guest Niall Horan kicked off the awards with a rendition of his new song This Town.

The former One Direction star took to the stage armed with just a guitar - in stark contrast to his days performing with the group.

The sound cut briefly during the performance, leaving the audience to sing along, but it did not appear to phase Horan.

Asked by host Grimshaw if he felt lonely performing on stage without his bandmates, Horan said "definitely not".

He added: "It's hard to feel lonely with 10,000 people in front of you."

X Factor contestant Honey G was a hot topic on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony. Xtra Factor hosts Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson denied that she was in character, insisting "that is her" and she is "totally legit".

"She's lovely, she always goes out of the way to say hello," Rylan said. "One of the nicest people you'll ever meet and as somebody who has come from the show and got a career - that's the way to do it."

He added: "We've seen her without the glasses, we've seen her without the hat and she looks different.

"But she's still like 'Yo man, thank you so much. Thank you so much for repping for me'. "

Former X Factor judge Grimshaw admitted he had not been watching the show but tuned in last week to see Honey G.

He said he was "confused" by the rapping contestant, adding: "I don't get it."

But the Radio 1 Breakfast Show host said: "I think it's an entertainment show. You've got to have those things. That's what everyone is talking about. That makes people watch it."

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