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Little Mix's BBC reality talent show The Search has been put on hold indefinitely, following Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock's pregnancies.
BBC Entertainment boss Kate Phillips confirmed that the second series has been shelved. "We're not bringing back Little Mix next year," she explained. "I mean, the girls are all having babies at the moment."
Leigh-Anne announced the arrival of twins with her partner, Watford footballer Andre Gray, this week (August 23), writing on Instagram: "We asked for a miracle, we were given two… Our cubbies are here."
Perrie announced the arrival of her first child with her other half, Liverpool player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the previous day (August 22). She wrote on Instagram: "Welcome to the world baby."
Little Mix: The Search first aired on BBC One on September 26, 2020. On the show, the X Factor stars searched for the next British girl group, who won the opportunity to join Little Mix on their Confetti Tour.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the live shows in the series had to be delayed after several members of the production crew tested positive for coronavirus. The Confetti Tour was planned to take place immediately after the show's original release date (planned for April 2020), but has been delayed to 2022.
Four-piece indie band Since September won the first series, and are still planned to be the opening act on the Confetti Tour, currently planned for 12 UK cities in April and May 2022.
Jesy Nelson judged alongside Little Mix in the first series, prior to her departure from the band last year, citing her declining mental health as her reason for leaving. She has since announced that she plans to release music as a solo artist.
In an interview with The Guardian, she said: "I reckon they'll look after their babies, go off and do their own things for a while, then make a comeback together.
"I think they're just as sick as a three. They're still doing it for girl power."
The remaining members of Little Mix - Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade Thirlwall - are marking the tenth anniversary of the band's formation on The X Factor with a new album. Titled Between Us, the album is a collection of their greatest hits alongside brand new music.
There will be three different editions of the album, curated by each one of the band members.
Between Us is available to pre-order now, and will release on November 12, 2021.
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