Little Mix's BBC talent show The Search shelved for at least a year

THE BBC has rested Little Mix’s talent show The Search indefinitely – after Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards became mums.

Leigh-Anne had twins this month with Watford footballer Andre Gray, while Perrie and her boyfriend, Liverpool player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, became parents just after.

BBC Entertainment boss Kate Phillips confirmed a second series of The Search, which last time included former band member Jesy Nelson, was on hold.

She said: “We’re not bringing back Little Mix next year.

“I mean, the girls are all having babies at the moment.”

Sources who worked on the show to find the UK’s best new music act said the group – which also includes Jade Thirlwall – would love to make it again.

An insider said: “Little Mix are passionate about The Search and loved creating it the first time around.”

Little deal is big for Molly

MOLLY-Mae Hague has no qualms about turning her back on the show that made her famous.

The model says: “When I came out of Love Island, I never wanted to be known as a Love Islander as I felt it closed me off to a lot of other opportunities.”

Molly-Mae, who came second with Tommy Fury in 2015, showed off her new Pretty Little Thing collection as she pocketed a seven-figure deal to be the clothing brand’s creative director.

That’s probably more than boxer Tommy gets for being hit in the face.

May's off to States

GRAND Tour co-host James May has landed a second series of his Amazon Prime adventure show.

This time it will be called James May: Our Man In The USA, in which he will go on a 4,000-mile expedition to immerse himself in the culture.

James said: “ I still believe everything in America must be better, from the size of their fridges to the uncanny alignment of their teeth. But is it?”

The show will air next year and follows his first show about Japan.


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