The injury-prone singer from pop group Little Mix performed in Singapore despite a bad ankle sprain.


As lights dimmed, wild cheers erupted. The catchy beats of “Grown”, a dance track by British pop quartet Little Mix, started reverberating through The Star Performing Arts Centre as three members – Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall – emerged in their sparkly, scanty get-ups.

Little Mix on stage during their Get Weird Tour before Jesy Nelson (far left) injured her ankle


Eye-popping as the girls are, they are still no match to the fourth member, Jesy Nelson, who took to the stage in a wheelchair.

The 24-year-old twisted her ankle during the group’s previous stop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She shared a picture of her swollen foot on Instagram, leading many to expect her absence from the Singapore leg of The Get Weird Tour.


Jesy posted a photo of her injured ankle as she recuperated – she hoped to make it for the Singapore show


Her appearance thus caught many by surprise.


“I have mad respect for her [Nelson],” said Phoebe Yong, 20, a grateful fan who applauded Nelson’s show of strength. “It just shows how much she loves her fans.”


The May 23 show was the Little Mix’s first in Singapore since they found fame as the first group to win the X-factor in 2011. The long-running British reality singing contest tends to crown soloists rather than groups.


While the Little Mix has been on a roll since their third album “Get Weird” went platinum, Nelson is down on luck of late. In March, she suffered a wrist injury.

Jesy’s wrist injury in March, prior to her mysterious illness and ankle injury


Shortly after, she came down with a mysterious illness which led to the cancellation of two shows in Northern Ireland. Her latest ankle injury is hopefully the last she has to put up with in a long time to come.


Little Mix’s sold-out concert boasted a balanced mix of energetic tracks (“DNA”, “Salute”) and emotional ballads (“Towers”, “Secret Love Song, Part II”). The group’s soaring vocals and heartrending renditions left some fans teary-eyed. They took time to read every DIY poster held up by their fans. Perrie even gave a shout out to a male fan for wearing a unicorn head. That’s staying true to the name of Getting Weird.


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Little Mix sold more than 386,000 copies of their debut album “DNA” in 2012. Their second album “Salute” peaked at Number 4 with endorsement from The X Factor’s acerbic judge Simon Cowell. Their third album Get Weird went platinum in 2015. They also outsold popular boy band One Director for the first time, according to industry estimates.


The male quartet signed on to RCA Records in 2010 but shot to global fame only in 2015 with the chart-topping single “Shut Up and Dance”. They have since scored numerous nominations at the Teen Choice Awards and MTV Video Music Award, completed a sold-out US tour and made a stop in Singapore early this year.


Made up of Tyler Joseph (lead singer) and Josh Dun (drummer), the duo have been cutting their teeth in the music industry since 2009. They scored their first main break – also in 2015 – with their album “Blurryface”, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200. Their ability to connect with fans have added to the success of their genre-defying music.

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