Little Mix The Search AXED After One Series As Jesy Quits Band And Perrie And Leigh-Anne Have Babies
Little Mix: The Search was discontinued after just one series.
The talent series in which the girl band – made up of Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Jesy Nelson at the time of filming – looked for new talent to join them on tour was broadcast on the BBC last year.
However, it has now been confirmed that the show will not be returning for a second season, with bosses choosing to quit The Search as Jesy has now left the band and both Perrie and Leigh-Anne have welcomed babies.
Axed: Little Mix: The Search has been discontinued after just one series, BBC bosses have confirmed
BBC Entertainment boss Kate Phillips confirmed the news in a statement, revealing: “We won’t be bringing Little Mix back next year. I mean, the girls are all having babies right now.”
Leigh-Anne, 29, gave birth to twins she shares with Watford footballer Andre Gray on August 16, while Perrie welcomed her first child with Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain days later on August 22.
Little Mix: The Search was first broadcast on the BBC in September 2020 and saw the girls search for a new band, with the winners of the competition landing a spot on tour with Little Mix the next time they hit the road for their upcoming Confetti tour in 2022.
Singers auditioned for different band categories; girl vocal, girl dance group, boy band, mixed vocals, rap R&B and vocals & instruments.
Everywhere: The talent series first aired in September 2020 and saw Little Mix – consisting of Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall (above LR) – hunting for a new band at the time
Rock band Since September, the winners of the competition have been crowned and will join Little Mix on their postponed 2020 tour, which was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus also wreaked havoc on the series, with live shows being pushed back and forced to continue under social distancing guidelines during the lockdown.
The show’s first episode was delayed by a week as several members of the production crew tested positive for Covid and were forced to self-isolate.
Jade was then forced to miss the first live show due to isolation and was not present when the girls performed their single Sweet Melody on stage, before judging the first round of live performances.
New Focus: The news comes as current Little Mix bandmates Perrie and Leigh-Anne both became mothers for the first time and welcomed babies in the month of August
Baby Joy: Perrie welcomed her first child with partner Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain on August 22
She instead appeared via a video link with a statement from show bosses who revealed at the time: “Jade will need to self-isolate this week and will therefore be performing her mentoring role from home…Jade will participate via video link, will continue to mentor alongside Jesy, Leigh -Anne and Perrie.’
The live finale aired later on November 7, with Jesy not showing up. Her absence was confirmed prior to the episode’s airing, with it being revealed that Jesy was unable to appear due to an illness.
A tweet from Little Mix’s official Twitter account revealed: ‘Can you believe tonight is The Search FINAL!! We are incredibly proud of all 6 bands and can’t wait to see the last 4 perform!
“We’re so sorry that Jesy can’t be there tonight, but we’ve got such a great show in store for all of you.”
A month later, it was confirmed that Jesy had quit Little Mix after nine years – who first rose to fame on The X Factor in 2011.
She shared the news in a lengthy statement she shared on social media, revealing that she put her mental health first.
“The truth is that being in the band recently has really taken a toll on my mental health. I find the constant pressure to be in a girl group and live up to expectations very heavy,” Jesy wrote.
“There comes a time in life when we have to reinvest in taking care of ourselves instead of focusing on making other people happy, and I feel like now is the time to start that process.”
Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne supported Jesy’s decision and now continue as Little Mix as a three – recently celebrating the band’s 10th anniversary.
Jesy, meanwhile, backed her up behind the band that continued as a trio in a new interview with The Guardian, claiming that Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne are “like my sisters.”
She said, ‘I think they’re as sick as a three. They still do it for girl power. I still love them to pieces. They were like my sisters.’
Commenting on the news that Perrie and Leigh-Anne have welcomed babies, Jesy added: “I think they will take care of their babies, do their own things for a while, then make a comeback together.”
As for Jesy, she has been busy working on new music as she prepares to launch her solo career.
Going alone: Jesy is now preparing to launch her own solo career after leaving Little Mix