By SARAH BULL
They've done it! Little Mix beat Marcus Collins to take home the X Factor crown
Little Mix tonight made X Factor history as they became the first group ever to win the ITV talent show.
Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall beat finalist Marcus Collins at the final hurdle to take home the crown after a series of stunning performances on the final show.
Screaming with delight as they were told they had won the show, the girls burst into tears before speaking to host Dermot O'Leary.
Stunned: The girls, and their mentor Tulisa Contostavlos, struggled to contain their emotions as the result was announced
The quartet struggled to control their emotions as they were crowned the winners, with Leigh-Anne telling Dermot: 'Oh my gosh, wow!'
Jesy added: 'This is never going to sink in. We can never thank the public enough for voting for us.'
Tulisa, who burst into tears when the news was announced, added later: 'I think I wanted them to win more than they did.'
Nerves: The girls and their fellow finalist Marcus Collins awaited the news of the result
Overcome: Jade and Tulisa started screaming when the results were announced
Congratulations: The girls hugged runner-up Marcus as his mentor Gary applauded them
Little Mix have now released their cover of Damien Rice's Cannonball as their winner's single, and are hoping to clinch the coveted Christmas number one spot with the track.
Irish singer Rice reached number 32 on the UK Singles Chart back in 2003 with Cannonball, the second single from his debut album O. Rice then re-released the track in 2004, hitting number 19 in the UK and 21 in Ireland.
Judgement day: The judges make their way to the stage for the final time
The show began with the two finalists trying to overcome their nerves about who would be named the winner, with Marcus saying: 'A couple more performances now and one of us is going to be crowned the winner. It's amazing.'
Little Mix added: 'We really want to do well, we really want to win!'
Host Dermot O'Leary looked dapper in his black tuxedo as he made his way to the stage to introduce the evening's show, although he decided to leave the dance moves after last night's opening medley.
Finalists: Little Mix and Marcus Collins fought it out for the X Factor crown