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Jesy Nelson’s epic transformation from shy X Factor audition to sexy solo star


Jesy Nelson has come a long way from her first appearance on TV that saw her insulted by judge Gary Barlow in front of millions of viewers on The X Factor.

The budding young singer auditioned for Simon Cowell’s hit ITV singing competition back in 2011, only to be eliminated as a solo performer after the Take That frontman branded her performance ‘terrible’.

Jesy was brought back and grouped up with Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and under the mentorship of Tulisa Contostavlos, the quartet stormed the competition.

After winning the top prize, the foursome went to become one of the biggest selling girl groups of all time.



Jesy Nelson has come a long way since her first X Factor audition




Jesy seemed to have it all but has since admitted she was falling apart behind the scenes after becoming victim to vile abuse from nasty trolls.

It’s now been a decade since Jesy’s tentative first X Factor audition and she’s about to release her first eagerly-anticipated single as a solo star.

As Jesy admits she’s finally going to put out the music she’s ‘always wanted to make’, we take a look at her journey from shy reality TV hopeful to sexy solo singer, set to be a huge star in her own right.



Jesy was grouped up with Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards on The X Factor
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Jesy has made no secret of her complicated relationship with The X Factor, but only very recently admitted her difficulty with the show stemmed from her very first audition.

The then barmaid had her confidence crushed by one judge in particular, whose comments sent her into meltdown.

Jesy sang Jazmine Sullivan’s hit Bust Your Windows for her first-ever vocal performance in front of judges Gary, Tulisa, Louis Walsh and Kelly Rowland, but was left disappointed and believing everyone “hated” her.



Jesy looked crestfallen when Gary Barlow said he wasn’t a fan
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“Gary hated me. He was like, ‘I found that audition terr-i-ble.’ I said to my mum, ‘I’m not coming back on the X Factor, I’m not doing that again,” she told the Guardian last month.

“Dermot O’Leary was like, ‘Why are you crying, you got through,” Jesy added, revealing the host could not believe her shaken reaction.

The singer was eventually knocked out of the girls’ category at the bootcamp stage, before being paired up with Perrie for the girl group Faux Pas, while Jade and Leigh-Anne were in a duo called Orion.

However, both groups failed to get through to the live shows, prompting the judges to merge the two bands together, and the rest is music history.



Jesy faced horrific trolling online during her time in the girl group
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Jesy looked right at home with her new bandmates as they adopted a matching girl group outfits complete with bow-ties, bold colours and sassy attitudes to boot.

However, some cruel viewers began to hone in on the Essex born contestant and would take to social media each week to slate her appearance.

The singer did her best to ignore the abuse and in a defiant move, headed to the tattoo parlour to have her new outlook permanently inked on her thigh.



Jesy shows off her inspirational thigh tattoo as she performed at Wireless Festival with Little Mix in 2013
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It was the start of many inkings for the star, who went on to have more inspirational messages and images adorned on her body
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Jesy opted to have the words ‘A tiger never loses sleep over the opinion of sheep’ wrapped around her leg as a reminder not to listen to anything hurtful.

The tattoo, inked in 2013, was Jesy’s first but it wasn’t long before she adorned her body with other inspirational messages on her path towards self-love.

On her right bicep she has written ‘Music is the strongest form of Magic’, to encourage her to focus on her glittering career rather than her haters.

Jesy did just that with Little Mix enjoying a flurry of top 10 hits including Black Magic, Salute, DNA, Wings, Shout Out to My Ex, and Sweet Melody.

As the band grew up in the public eye, their image underwent a complete revamp with the foursome skirting controversy with some of their sexier looks.



Little Mix, pictured in 2012, underwent an image overhaul as their experience in the industry grew
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Jesy embraced a sexy new look as the band got older
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While Jesy looked the image of confidence on stage, behind-the-scenes, she was struggling with her mental health, and became stuck in a cycle of starving herself and binge eating.

She candidly revealed that after Little Mix returned for a special performance on The X Factor in 2013, she ended up looking at comments online about her appearance – searching for “Jesy Nelson fat” and “Jesy Nelson ugly” – and ended up in hospital after trying to take her own life.

“I thought, what is the f***ing point? I’m starving myself. I’ve drunk Diet Coke for a week and I’m still getting called fat. I went into a really dark place and did what I did,” Jesy shared.



Jesy looked sensational on her return to The X Factor in 2013
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After being supported by her family, friends and bandmates Jesy vowed to continue on.

Fans came to view her as the group’s style chameleon, never afraid to switch up her hair, clothes style and show a different side to herself with each Little Mix era.

In lockdown last year, Jesy embraced her love of ‘boy clothes’ and 00s fashion in a nod to her love of r&b music of that era.

She recently admitted that she’s ‘never been happier’ than when the band were forced to take an extended break as she embraced a new found freedom.



Fans say Jesy looked less excited about the new Little Mix album than her bandmates
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Jesy has opted for a bold new bleach blonde look, presumably with the help of a wig
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During her months indoors, Jesy’s Instagram became flooded with confident snaps of her posing at home in various outfits.

But when lockdown came to an end and Little Mix were called back to work soon than she had anticipated, Jesy’s mental health spiralled again.

Jesy said the foursome were given two weeks notice to shoot the promo for their single Sweet Melody, with some very skimpy looks required for the sexy video music.

The call-back tipped Jesy over the edge and she suffered a panic attack on set.



Jesy said she was happy in lockdown
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Being called back to work for the Sweet Melody shoot pushed her over the edge
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She later told how her concerned bandmates sat her mum down for a chat and suggested it was time for Jesy to make a change for the sake of her mental health.

Jesy announced her departure weeks later, shocking fans around the world.

After much speculation, she then announced she’d signed a huge record deal and would finally be releasing her own music.

In a ballsy move, Jesy and her team picked the same time for the launch as the Little Mix 10 year anniversary celebrations.

However, Jesy was forced to push back her project when it was revealed that none other than US rapper P Diddy wanted to appear with her in the music video.



Jesy looked sensational in red as she awaits the release of her first solo track
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Jesy uploaded a bikini snap as she took a break while waiting to release her first solo project
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She is now gearing up to release her R&B-influenced debut single, Boyz, in the coming weeks, and has teased her social media followers with a sexy new look.

Jesy promised loyal fans she’d be “going all guns blazing” with her solo career, and assured them she would be delivering them something they never expected.

The singer also revealed she’s been inspired by pop powerhouse’s Christina Aguilera’s style in the early 2000s as she prepares to drop her hotly-anticipated new single.




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