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13 November 2019, 08:02
After it was rumoured that Little Mix's talent show was going head-to-head against Simon Cowell's, the The X Factor judge discussed the issue.
Simon Cowell has announced an upcoming show, titled The Band, which will see him attempt to create a new genre of music, which he named "UK-Pop".
However, Mixers have noted that this is set to be direct competition for Little Mix's upcoming series, The Search.
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Speaking to Rob Howard - while Roman Kemp is preparing for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! - the The X Factor star said "We'd planned to do [The Band] in 2020, and for certain reasons, we thought we're going to have to bring this show forward, this year.
"A lot of people have the same idea for a show at the same time. Little Mix actually came to see me a year and a half ago to say they were planning on doing [The Search] which I thought was going out in 2021," he continued.
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Cutting a long story short, Simon stated that as the 'Power' singers brought their show forward, he decided to bring the release date of The Band forward, too.
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Simon has previously stated that he couldn't co-produce The Search, as there was going to be a conflict of interest from the beginning.
Little Mix's talent show, The Search, will see Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards mentor several singing hopefuls into becoming a chart-topping band, like them.