Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall wants to ditch Shout Out To My Ex over ‘bad memories’

Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall wishes she no longer had to do the dance for their hit Shout Out To My Ex, because it reminds her of “bad memories” on The X Factor.

The singer, 28, shot to fame alongside fellow band members Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and former star Jesy Nelson on the ITV talent show in 2011 when the quartet won the programme’s eighth series.

But the band have since laid into The X Factor, describing it as “scripted”, and now Jade has admitted she would rather not be reminded of the show when she is performing on stage.

When asked if there is a Little Mix dance move she would like to retire, she said: “Probably the Shout Out To My Ex, the ex bit with the hands.

Little Mix formed on X Factor

“I get it, but it reminds me of when I auditioned for X Factor and the camera people were like, ‘Do this with your arms and say, I’ve got the X Factor’.

“It brings back bad memories of that.”

Jade – who initially auditioned for The X Factor in 2008 before trying out again in 2011, when she was put into the group – admitted the band are yet to watch all of their performances from the show back, but she remembers wearing some “really horrific” outfits at the time.

Little Mix on stage after winning the British Group award during The BRIT Awards 2021
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She said: “I feel it would be quite hilarious to watch back all our X Factor performances, because there are some God-awful ones, and some really horrific outfits.”

Despite the bad memories from The X Factor, Jade is delighted that Little Mix – who are now a trio after Jesy quit the band last year – are still going 10 years on, admitting the group feel “very lucky”.

Speaking on Smallzy’s Celebrity Small Talk, she added: “I feel like when we first got put together it felt like it was big, and it was special, and it was going to be successful.

Jade says the dance move brings back bad memories

“But I don’t know if I thought we’d still be doing this in 10 years, and still be really happy together, and enjoying the process.

“Not many pop artists can say that, so we feel very lucky.”

Little Mix quit X Factor boss Simon Cowell’s label Syco in 2018 following a row about musical direction.

The group previously created their own talent show on the BBC, Little Mix: The Search, which aired for one series from September to November last year.

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