Little Mix have made X Factor history to be the first group to win the show.
This morning Jesy Nelson's mum Janis said she was still getting over the shock of her daughter winning the competition.
The group was put together by mentor Tulisa Contostavlos during the auditions. They were relative underdogs in the beginning, but became the bookies favourite in the last few weeks.
In the final they performed a rendition of En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go, followed by a festive Silent Night. They beat Marcus Collins after the public voted them the winners after hearing their version of Damien Rice’s Cannonball, which was released this week.
Mum Janis said: “They have done absolutely amazing and it is so well deserved because they worked so hard for it.
“They are all pinching themselves about winning because they were the underdogs from the off and now they have made X Factor history.
“All the way through they said they didn’t believe in their wildest dreams they could get this far.
“I think they have done incredibly well and have come into their own.”
During the competition Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh dubbed Little Mix as the show’s best ever girl band and said a massive future was ahead of them.
Jesy used to dance at The Liberty fashion shows, and The Liberty Shopping Centre’s marketing and PR manager Susan Williamson said she always stood out from the crown and had something special about her.
She added: “The Liberty wish Jesy and Little Mix every success, we know from the their homecoming held at The Liberty that Little Mix have support and a massive fan base within the community and across the nation.
Jesy’s former headteacher at Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College Glenn Mayoh said: “We are thrilled that a former student is doing so well.
“She was already talented, but we hope being an arts college we sparked an interest in her. It is great to see her doing so well.”
(This story was taken from my article for Romford Recorder here)