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'You'll be the biggest girl group ever to come out of the UK!': Little Mix break 'the curse' to top tonight's X Factor performances

With just six competitors left, the competition is getting serious on the X Factor.

So on tonight's episode, the remaining contestants really upped their games, delivering some of the best performances of the season.

Standing out, though, was Little Mix, who appear to have well and truly broken the 'curse of the girl groups' and are emerging as hot favourites to win the competition.





The four-piece, who drew criticism last week for sticking to their 'pop/hip hop' genre, changed things up with a powerful vocal performance of En Vogue's Don't Let Go.

The girls, dressed in matching monochrome outfits, received a standing ovation for the performance, which Gary said was their best yet.

'We're looking at the next great girl band in the UK,' Louis enthused, barely audible over the cheering.







Kelly added: 'Everything I've wanted from you girls for the past few weeks, you just gave me. I think you'll be the biggest girl band to ever come out of the UK.'

Gary asked the girls to 'strip things back' next week to really show that they can rely on simply their vocal talent.

It was an exciting few days for Little Mix in between rehearsals. The group got to meet The Saturdays during their tour rehearsals, who advised them to cherish their friendship and it will show on stage.

Later in the week they were shown attending the Twilight: Breaking Dawn premiere, where Taylor Lautner sent them a shout out over the VT.





Earlier, the host Dermot O'Leary kicked off 'A Night at the Movies' with a comical routine with some scantily-clad backing dancers, immediately setting the phrase, 'Oh Dermot' trending on Twitter.

Both the female judges looked gorgeous as ever, Tulisa in a short black frock while Kelly dazzled in a floor-length Sass & Bide white gown with multi-coloured embellishment.

Craig Colton was first to hit the stage, with the classic 007 tune Licence to Kill. But while no one could fault his vocals, the song choice was ravaged.





Louis said: 'I don't think it was a great song choice, you're better than that.' Tulisa agreed, saying it was 'predictable.'

'You always deliver vocally,' Kelly said, struggling to find any constructive criticism, only suggesitng he 'bring a little more.'

'This is lazy critique from the judges tonight,' said a furious Gary. 'This is a singing competition not a song choice competition.'

Janet Devlin took on board the judges comments from last week, by going slightly more up-tempo with her rendition of 'Kiss Me' from She's All That.





The judges and audience adored the romantic performance.

'I am so happy to see you back in your comfort zone,' said Tulisa, advising her to pull an 'epic' song out of the bag for next week.

Gary, who called her 'bordering on boring' last week, told Janet that he loved her performance.

Amelia Lily was up next, dazzling with 'Think' from The Blues Brothers, however Tulisa admitted she didn't know the classic Aretha Franklin song.







Gary said he thought it was performed an octave too high for her range and that she rushed in parts, but all in all the judges loved the performance

After the ad break, Dermot found David Walliams and Lara Stone in the audience. Walliams pleaded for Johnny to be let back in, but said he was also rooting for Little Mix.

Next up was Misha B, who belted out Whitney Houston's Oscar-nominated I Have Nothing from The Bodyguard.





Wearing a stunning white gown with feathered shoulders, Misha broke down in tears following her performance, which received a standing ovation from Kelly.

'You blew me away,' Tulisa said. 'That was a beautiful performance.'

'I was so sad the last two weeks when you were in the bottom two,' said Gary. 'I completely disagree with everyone watching this show, I can't believe no one is voting for you. The disappointing thing is that its affecting your performances and your song choices.'





He explained: 'I feel like you're being too safe. I want Misha B back. And if you have to go out like that, so what? Go out with your integrity.'

It had been an emotional week for Misha, whose birth mother wrote an open letter to her daughter, published in a magazine.

The singer was comforted by an equally emotional Kelly, who told her about her own experiences being contacted by her absent father following fame.

Finally, Marcus closed the show, performing Otis Redding’s (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher from Ghostbusters.





The judges called it one of the best performances of the show, placing Marcus level with Little Mix.

'The little man from Liverpool with the big soulful voice,' enthused Louis. 'Every week you bring it.'

'Marcus, that's what movie week is all about,' said Tulisa. 'Can I just say, Marcus is baaaack!'

Kelly retorted: 'Marcus has been here and he has raised the building.'
Gary called it the 'performance of the night. No other contestant has improved the way you have week after week.'



Meanwhile axed Frankie Cocozza wrote on Twitter that it felt odd to be watching the show from home. 'Strange watching x factor, glad everyone done so well #teambarlow' he tweeted.

On tomorrow night's results show Rihanna and last year's runner-up Rebecca Ferguson, who made a cameo in tonight's episode, will perform.
As of next week, the final five contestants will be performing two songs each.













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