Belfast Telegraph

Review: X Factor winners become the new faces of girl power

By Andrew Johnston

When Little Mix last played Belfast, it was at the Waterfront Hall, on their debut tour as fresh-faced X-Factor winners.

Last night, they returned as all-conquering global pop stars, having wooed America to the tune of a top-five album and 2.5million in sales.

And there was no shortage of energy nor confidence on the Odyssey Arena stage, as the four-strong girl group made the most of the elaborate, industrial-themed set.

They may not have the colourful characters of the Spice Girls, but Perrie Edward, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Ann Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall certainly know how to entertain a crowd.

The performance was loud, in-your-face and choreographed to a tee, from the cartoonish video backdrops to the muscly male dancers.

Primarily showcasing their 2013 Salute album, they also played the hits from the previous year's DNA release, topping up the original material with covers of songs by pop peers including Katy Perry and Beyoncé.

The dance moves and costume changes came thick and fast, but what was most impressive was that the girls not only appeared to be singing live throughout, but had powerful voices into the bargain.

X-Factor alumni aren't renowned for their staying power, but in Little Mix's case, as long as they enjoy what they do and are able to translate that to the stage, their rise should continue.

 

Four stars

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