They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
And the Little Mix girls should be very flattered, after a tribute band has given them a ‘Salute’.
The Little Mix Experience aims to emulate the group’s sound, look and success.
The girl band pays tribute to the X Factor-winning group, made up of South Shields girls Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall, and Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock.
The London-based foursome – Shannan Cairns, Jodie Duckworth, Hannah Sewell and Roxie Carey – are currently in rehearsals and setting off on a tour of their own.
Shannan is the group’s Perrie.
The 22-year-old, from Tipperary, Ireland, said: “We all went along to audition for the band. I wanted to do it because I’ve been a big fan of Little Mix right from the start. Little Mix are huge at the minute, they’re everywhere, so it’s a really fun time for us to be doing this.
“It’s still all really new, we launched our band on the first day of their Get Weird tour and we’ve had a really good response so far.
“A video we posted on our Facebook page has had 40,000 views.
“We’re working so hard in rehearsals, watching the girls and learning their choreography and harmonies.
“Perrie has such a unique and powerful voice, so I’ve been working on my singing really hard.”
“They’ve got such a huge and devoted fan base that they’d spot if we did something wrong so we have to be careful, but we’re having so much fun too. Little Mix are all really close friends and we are too.
“We can’t wait to go out on tour. Little Mix are so popular that unfortunately some fans miss out on the chance to see them, so they can come to see us instead.”
The group’s Jade is played by Jodie.
The 21-year-old, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, said: “I’m a huge Little Mix fan, so I’m having so much fun being part of the group.
“We’re working hard on getting our costumes and everything right for the first show and we can’t wait.
“As a singer, dancer and actor, I love being a part of this group because Little Mix are so talented and they’ve all got really individual styles and it’s great fun to pay tribute to them.
“I love Jade, she’s so funny, and I think we’re quite alike so I really enjoy being her. Move is always my favourite song to do and I can’t wait to get on stage for the first time.”