Little Mix’s BBC talent show The Search on hold for at least a year following baby news

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BBC bosses have decided to postpone the Little Mix talent show, The Search, for at least a year after Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards welcomed their babies into the world.

Leigh-Anne, 29, gave birth to twins earlier this month, with Perrie, 28, also welcoming a child soon after.

The show at the time focused on the girl band consisting of Perrie, Leigh-Anne, Jade Thirlwall, 28, and Jesy Nelson, 30, seeking new talent to join them on tour.

Since the first season ended, Jesy has left the group and opted to seek a solo career.

With the large changes to the group dynamic and new mothers requiring time to care for their newborns, BBC Entertainment boss Kate Phillips has confirmed that they will not be returning for season two next year.

She said: “We're not bringing back Little Mix next year. I mean, the girls are all having babies at the minute.”

Little Mix: The Search first aired on September of 2020 as they sought to find a band to join them on their Confetti tour in 2022.

The rock band Since September ended up winning the contest and will be joining the girls when they get back on stage.

Coronavirus had forced the production to struggle as live shows were pushed back and forced to go ahead with social distancing rules throughout lockdown.

The first episode of the season had been delayed by a week due to a number of production staff testing positive for Covid, putting them into isolation.

Jade was then absent from the first live show due to isolation and thus wasn’t present as the girls took the stage to perform their single Sweet Melody.

Instead appearing via video link at the performance, the show bosses revealed at the time: “Jade has to self-isolate this week and will therefore be carrying out her role as mentor from home… Jade will participate via video link, continuing to mentor alongside Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Perrie.”

Jesy also failed to appear in the final episode of the show, with her absence being announced prior to airing due to an illness.

The Little Mix official Twitter account tweeted at the time: “Can you believe tonight's the FINAL of The Search!! We're unbelievably proud of all 6 bands and we can't wait to see the final 4 perform!

“We're so sad Jesy won't be able to join us tonight, but we have such an amazing show in store for you all.”

A month later, it was confirmed that Jesy had left the band in order to prioritise her own mental health.

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