Can you imagine a world where Little Mix weren’t called Little Mix?
Well, actually, you probably can. Because as you’ll know if you watched The X Factor in 2011, they weren’t always named that.
Cast your minds back to the days when Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson and Perrie Edwards were just near-unknowns battling their way through the reality show.
You’ll remember that the ladies were put together as a group on the programme, having all initially auditioned as solo singers.
When judges Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland, Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow saw that they’d work perfectly as a four, magic happened. And that magic was called Rhythmix.
But unfortunately, they quickly had to switch Rhythmix for Little Mix, at the request of a charity with the same moniker.
Now Jade, 23, has admitted that she and her bandmates weren’t exactly thrilled about this change to begin with. Eek.
In a newly-emerged interview with VEVO LIFT, she explains: We were originally called Rhythmix, but we had to change our name so we changed to Little Mix.
‘We hated it at first. We were like: “It’s game over. Our career’s over. Little Mix is the worst name ever.” But now we absolutely love it and wouldn’t ever change it.’ Phew.
Jade also opened up about how she ended up in the biz, continuing: ‘I firstly loved dancing more than singing. I did a lot of tap and ballet, and all of that. Then I started singing. As I got older – in my teenage years – I thought: “Oh, okay, maybe I want to be a singer.”
‘Every musical I would be in, every charity event, every old people’s home… if there was a place to sing, then I’d go to it and do it.’
Hard work pays off, eh?