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Chris Ramsey


Perrie Edwards
Jesy Nelson (episodes 1-8)
Leigh-Anne Pinnock
Jade Thirlwall (not episode 7)

(but see Trivia)


Modest Television for BBC One, 26 September to 7 November 2020 (9 episodes in 1 series)


Casting show with the aim of assembling a band who wouldn't upstage Little Mix on their 2020 summer tour.

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Since September, who eventually ended up supporting Little Mix on their final tour, their 2022 Confetti tour after their 2020 tour was cancelled as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The first six episodes aired on Saturdays and Sundays. A few days before the first live show was due to air, several crew members tested positive for the virus, and that episode was lost. When it resumed, Jade Thirlwall contributed via video link, as she was self-isolating. The episode scheduled for 31 October was also lost to Yet More Waffle, though that got rescheduled, to 6 November; the episode the following day lost Jesy Nelson, who would later leave the band. Fair play to the BBC for delaying the show from April so they could air the show in a block - that year's series of Britain's Got Talent aired its auditions and then its live shows many months later.

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