Tulisa Contostavlos slams Gary Barlow's 'tactical' criticism
Tulisa Contostavlos has slammed Gary Barlow's criticism of Little Mix on 'X Factor' last weekend (03.12.11) as ''100 per cent tactical'' after he described their performance as their ''weakest'' of the competition.
Tulisa Contostavlos has slammed Gary Barlow's criticism of Little Mix on 'X Factor' last Saturday (03.12.11) as "100 per cent tactical".
The girl band's mentor hit out at her fellow judge - whose only act remaining Marcus Collins is set to take on the foursome and Amelia Lily in the final of the competition this weekend (10.12.11) - for saying they gave their "weakest" performance of the competition last weekend, but the N-Dubz singer believes Little Mix can become a new Spice Girls.
She said: "That was tactical - 100 per cent. People love Little Mix as individuals too.
"If they win this competition they could become a brand like the Spice Girls - everyone has their favourite member, so everyone needs their time to shine.
"There will be a little girl at home waiting for a certain one to come on."
Little Mix's Perrie Edwards admitted Gary's comments surprised the group - who are also made up of Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall - but they have disregarded his words.
She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Don't get me wrong it is a compliment, but the reason we have got this far is we are a girl group that can actually sing. That is what is nice about it.
"That comment came out of nowhere and we don't think of it at all."
The four girls - who are the first female group to ever reach the final of the ITV1 show - have become favourites to win the competition, and Jade insists they will not turn into divas if they are successful on Sunday (11.12.11).
Jade added: "There is no way we will become divas. It's just not our style.
"We'd give each other a slap. Tulisa keeps us grounded and we all keep each other very grounded, too."