LITTLE Mix were thrilled to be back on home turf at the weekend.
The pint-sized pop stars who were fourth to top the bill at North East Live said it was “lovely” to hear a northern twang again.
“We are really pleased to be home,” said South Shields born Jade Thirlwall.
“Even though it’s only for a short while, it’s nice to hear the accent again.”
The 20-year-old said she was staying at home to see her family for the night.
“We have the day off tomorrow so I’m staying at home so I can see them for a bit,” she said.
“It feels lovely to be here – it’s so welcoming.”
X Factor winners Little Mix have been touring America for the last few months, and said it was a crazy experience.
“We didn’t have any expectations when we went to America,” said Essex native Jessie Nelson, 20.
“We feel like we’re just starting out really so they wouldn’t know who we are, but there was loads of fans like chasing after the bus and banging on the windows – it was crazy.”
The band, who have already had number one singles including their second single Wings, said their busy schedule is set to continue.
“We are so busy at the minute,” said Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 20.
“I think we might be doing a tour in America.”
The band, who supported JLS on tour last year, said they are grateful for the support they have had from fans all over the world.
“All our fans are amazing wherever we go,” said Jessie.
“They are loud and crazy like us.
Leigh-Anne said the fans in the North East also make her and Jessie feel like they belong here.
“For us it’s like being home,” she said.
“When we were on X Factor we started rehearsing in Jade and Perrie’