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Mums come first as 'new Spice Girls' Little Mix head for £8 million payday

12 DECEMBER 2011 History-making X Factor champs Little Mix are set to take home millions from lucrative deals, with Simon Cowell planning to turn them into the next Spice Girls.

And Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards have already decided how they'll spend their first pay check.


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The girl group's blonde member Perrie revealed during their first post X Factor interview that all the girls will be splashing out on their mums.

"We're always asked this question and we always say 'something for my mam'," said the 18-year-old, who hails from South Shields, Tyne and Wear.

"I'll treat my mam, get her whatever she wants."

The four piece have already signed a £150,000 record deal, but contracts to advertise hair products and clothes – plus corporate gig fees – could net them as much as £8 million.

Jesy, 20 from Essex told Daybreak: "I don't think it is ever going to sink in."

"Every week, we prepared ourselves to go out."

Leigh-Anne 19, from London, added: "When he said Little Mix, it was 'My gosh, this is just insane'. We are so happy."

The group, mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos, were speaking after they scooped the crown in front of a 10,000-strong audience at Wembley Arena in north London on Sunday night, with millions more watching the ITV show live on TV.

They were spurred on by a good luck message from Geri Halliwell, who sent them a big bunch of flowers bearing the message: "Good Luck, Girl Power."

Asked about reports that Simon Cowell believes they could become as gig as Geri's old group, Leigh-Anne said: "We would love to do that... We really look up to the Spice Girls."

The X Factor mogul has reportedly hired Spice Girls songwriter Richard 'Biff' Stannard to create a hit for the new stars.

Their first offering, however will be their winner's single, a rendition of Damien Rice's Cannonball.



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Jade told Daybreak that their popularity had increased over the contest as people got to know them.

"People got to see our personalities and got to see who we are as people and I think that really helped... I think we chose the right songs, and we showed what kind of artists we wanted to be."

Jesy said of the atmosphere at Wembley Arena: "In a weird way, it felt like we were at home. We were there for boot camp - we performed at Wembley for boot camp."

The group are planning to meet up to celebrate Christmas – and Jade's 19th birthday, which falls on Boxing Day – after some alone time with their families.

They're also planning to move in together. "We already decided that whatever happened, we would stay together", says Perrie.

The girls have grown incredibly close in the short time they've known each other.

They originally all auditioned as soloists, but failed to make it past bootcamp's first challenge.

After the judges gave them a lifeline, they were put into two separate groups, with Jesy and Perrie in Faux Pas and Jade and Leigh-Anne in Orion.

Both groups didn't make the cut when it got to the judges' houses stage, but mentors Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos picked out the girls and put them together in the final lineup.

The group was originally called Rhythmix, but changed their name after learning a children's music charity was already using the moniker.

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