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Weymouth schoolgirl’s group Little Mix makes it to the X Factor final

Bournemouth Echo: ON SONG: Former Weymouth schoolgirl Perrie Edwards, second right, with her Little Mix colleagues ON SONG: Former Weymouth schoolgirl Perrie Edwards, second right, with her Little Mix colleagues

Perrie Edwards has made it to the X Factor final.

The former Weymouth schoolgirl’s group Little Mix survived a fraught vote off in the semi-finals on the TV talent show last night.

They survived with Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily while Misha B went home.

Despite the girl band failing to impress the judges with their two songs on Saturday night they made it through on the public vote.

They performed The Supremes’ You Keep me Hanging On and If I Were a Boy by Beyonce.

But despite the mixed reviews there was some cheer for Perrie when Gary Barlow said she was the strongest singer in the group and should be given greater prominence.

Perrie's mum Debbie Dufty said she was incredibly proud of her daughter and would be staying in London to watch the final.

After their attempt to take on The Supremes, Walsh told them: “There was something missing'.

“'It was like you lost your mojo,” he said.

“I didn't like the styling. I think you have got a lot more to give.”

Fellow judge Kelly Rowland added: “I feel like I have seen you guys do better.”

However, their comments were drowned out by the audience chanting their name.

Barlow advised them they needed to use Perrie as a lead performer.

“I think she should be featured a lot more than she is,” he said.

“That's what’s missing for me at the moment - a lead singer.”

After they performed Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy, judge Tulisa Contostavlos had to shout to get her point across over the audience screams.

“They are not safe, pick up the phone and vote, I want these girls to win this competition,” she told viewers.

Barlow said: “Girls, for a semi-final act these vocals just aren't good enough. I’m afraid you have had a bit of a bad night.”'

Perrie, 18, who attended Radipole Primary School, auditioned for X Factor as a solo singer but was asked by the judges to form a group with three other hopefuls; Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson They were lauded the show’s ‘best ever’ girl band by Take That’s Gary Barlow and regularly won praise from all four judges before Saturday’s night performances.

Perrie, who now lives in Newcastle but visits Weymouth regularly to see family, said she wanted to thank everyone in Dorset who voted for her.

Mentor Tulisa Contostavlos told them: “You stand up for girls across the UK, you are the girl group to represent ladies in this country.”

Little Mix become the first girl band to make the X Factor final.

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