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4 November 2019, 11:33 | Updated: 4 November 2019, 15:24
Simon Cowell is launching X Factor: The Band to rival Little Mix's new talent show The Search, continuing his historic beef with the singers.
He said: “This is what really happened. I was approached to co-produce that show last year by Little Mix’s management. I told them the problem was we have a conflict of interest because we are launching X Factor The Band in 2020. We were told their show was going to launch in 2021."
He continued: “Then we had the fallout and find out Little Mix were bringing their show forward. Was that intentional because we are doing our show? I have no idea.
“But regardless, it was too much fun not to do this year. I would rather it was us doing it first. It 100 percent makes it more exciting there being a battle.”
The girls, who are set to launch their collection with PrettyLittleThing on 7 November, will be coaching hopefuls to become an all-male, all-female or mixed band, saying: “We want to create lots of incredible groups who really gel. As we have been there and done it ourselves, we know what it takes to make a group successful, and will be there to mentor them every step of the way.
“We want solo artists to audition as well as groups and every type of genre is welcome too.”
Simon admitted he wants to find a new band which will compete with Korean K-Pop acts such as BTS.
“K-Pop is ruling the world. This is a show to find a band to launch UK-Pop. It’s more than winning a record contract, it’s starting a new music wave.
“Every group will be put together by us – just like One Direction, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony. It’s people who represent Britain’s version of K-Pop. That was always our plan. We’ve just brought it forward a bit.”
You can apply for the LM5 singers’ show now on the programme’s website and you have to be at least 16 years old to apply.
The closing date for applications is Friday 10 January.