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Little Mix The Search live show delayed after crew test positive for Covid-19

The BBC said it hoped to be ‘back on air’ on Saturday October 24.

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Little Mix with host Chris Ramsey (BBC/PA)

Little Mix with host Chris Ramsey (BBC/PA)

Little Mix with host Chris Ramsey (BBC/PA)

Saturday’s live episode of Little Mix The Search has been postponed after members of the crew tested positive for Covid-19.

Six bands were due to compete for a place on the pop group’s 2021 tour, following weeks of pre-recorded audition episodes.

The band – Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – were not among those who tested positive.

The BBC One talent show sees the former X Factor winners create and mentor new bands.

Its live show is now expected to air on Saturday October 24, the same date as Strictly Come Dancing’s first live show of the series.

A statement from the BBC said: “We can confirm that a small number of people on the Little Mix The Search production have tested positive for coronavirus and they are now self-isolating following the latest Government guidelines.

“Due to the format of the show we have made the decision to postpone Saturday’s programme.

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Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards (David Parry/PA)

Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards (David Parry/PA)

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Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards (David Parry/PA)

“There are rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 as the safety of all those involved in the production is paramount.

“We hope to be back on air on Saturday October 24.”

The six bands have been living together with access to voice coaches, songwriters and producers who have also helped Little Mix in their career.

It was previously announced that comedian Chris Ramsey will host the programme.

Little Mix formed on The X Factor in 2011 and have become one of the country’s biggest-selling girl bands.

They left Simon Cowell’s Syco Music for the RCA label in November 2018.

Cowell later launched another version of The X Factor, called The Band, to rival the girl group’s The Search.

Recently, they announced details of their sixth studio album, Confetti, due for release on November 6.

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