During the semi-final stage of the show, Little Mix performed The Supremes's You Keep Me Hangin' On as well as Beyoncé’s hit If I Were a Boy.

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Little Mix released their third studio album Get Weird in 2015 and it is their best-selling and longest charting album to date in the UK.

The group's fourth studio album Glory Days (2016) became their first number one album in the UK and was also the longest reigning girl group Number 1 since the Spice Girls' debut album 20 years earlier.

As of October 2016, the group has achieved four platinum certified albums and eleven certified singles in the UK.

With four UK number one singles and highest first week UK album sales for a girl band since the Spice Girls, Little Mix are one of the most successful female acts in contemporary British popular culture: they appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK.

They were allowed another chance to compete when they were placed in two separate ensembles by the judges during the "group bootcamp" stage, with Edwards and Nelson in four-member group Faux Pas and Thirlwall and Pinnock in three-member group Orion.

Both groups failed to make it through to the next stage.

The group advanced through to the final live shows along with Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily following the public vote.

On 11 December, Little Mix were announced as the winners, the first time a group had won the British version of the show and the second (of three) in the worldwide franchise (after Random on the first series of the Australian version On 25 January 2012, Little Mix made an appearance at the National Television Awards and performed the En Vogue song "Don't Let Go (Love)".

They also accompanied fellow judges Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos on stage to receive the Best Talent Show award that had been won by The X Factor.

Prior to their debut single release, the band covered an a cappella version of Beyoncé’s "End of Time" and uploaded it on You Tube; the cover was publicly praised, especially for the group’s impressive harmonies.

The group's sophomore effort Salute, which was released in 2013, became their second album to debut inside the top 10 in both the UK and US.