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Live final of Little Mix talent search postponed

In the Mix: (l-r) Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirwall PICTURE: BBC

THE first live episode of Little Mix The Search has been postponed because several crew members have tested positive for Covid-19.

Six bands were to compete this Saturday night for a spot on the group’s 2021 tour, after weeks of pre-recorded audition episodes.

The opening live show — hosted by comedian Chris Ramsey — is now expected to air on October 24, when this year’s first live Strictly Come Dancing episode is also scheduled.

Little Mix — Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock — were not among those found to be infected.

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

The BBC One talent show sees the 2011 X Factor winners, who have gone on to become one of the UK’s biggest-selling girl groups, create and mentor new bands.